NORTH YARMOUTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- 10 Maine businesses are receiving $341,423 through USDA Rural Development to make renewable energy or energy efficient upgrades.
The announcement was made at Cozy Acres Greenhouse in North Yarmouth, one of last year's grant recipients.
Owner Jeff Marstaller has used the 49-thousand dollar grant he received to create a zero-emissions greenhouse. The greenhouse itself will be going up in the coming weeks, but he already has the solar panels in his yard that should generate the 39-thousand kilowatts of energy he expects to use. He also will heat the greenhouse with a geothermal system.
Marstaller said, "It will get all of its energy from the sun and all of its heat from the earth."
Cozy Acres currently has 7 seasonal greenhouses, where it grows wholesale annuals, vegetables and herbs. The plan is for the new greenhouse to operate year-round.
USDA Rural Development says the new grant recipients are:
America's Wood Company in Washington, receiving $15,000 to install a 12.72 kWh photovoltaic grid tie system.
Amy Sprague with Wolf Pine Farm in Alfred, receiving $4,842 to build 28 solar panels.
Artisan Boatworks, Inc. in Rockport, receiving $8,000 to install a 10kWh grid tie photovoltaic system.
McLaughlin Seafood, Inc. in Bangor, receiving $4,134 to install a biomass fueled hot water heater.
Lincoln County Publishing Company in Damariscotta, receiving $20,000 to install a 55 kWh solar photovoltaic grid-tie system.
Lafayette Boothbay, LLC. (the Tugboat Inn) in Boothbay Harbor, receiving $36,000 for two separate solar photovoltaic systems.
P&M Enterprises, LLC in Rockwood, receiving $6,495 to insulate a lodge and modify air handling equipment.
Mt. Abram, LLC in Greenwood, receiving $235,000 to install a 256 kWh solar photovoltaic system with 869 solar panels, three inverters and one monitoring system.
Thompson Cottages, Inc., in New Harbor, receiving $4,000 to install a propane-fired boiler.
Quoddy Bay Lobster, Inc. in Pembroke, receiving $7,230 to upgrade refrigeration units, install a propane boiler, add insulated skylight panels, and upgrade the lighting and electrical panel.