Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) recently announced three Central Coast projects received grant funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which is authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill. REAP helps agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce energy costs and increase efficiency.
The Atascadero 76 Gas Station received $49,680 to assist in financing the installation of an E-85 Flexible Fuel Pump Renewable Energy. Kraus Farms, an organic avocado, citrus and coffee farm in Carpinteria, received a grant of $6,024 to help pay for the installation of a Solar Photovoltaic Renewable Energy System. Still Waters Vineyards in San Luis Obispo, received a grant of $49,466 to assist in financing the installation of a Solar Photovoltaic Renewable Energy System. Each grant pays for 25 percent of the total cost of the project.