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USDA Rural Development Energy Funds Help a Puerto Rican Paint Manufacturer run on 100 percent Solar Power

This solar electric system, funded in part through USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program has reduced a Puerto Rican Paint company’s electric bill from $180,000/year to zero.

This solar electric system, funded in part through USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program has reduced a Puerto Rican Paint company’s electric bill from $180,000/year to zero.

On September 13, Master Paints & Chemical Corporation located in the Municipality of Guayanila, Puerto Rico realized their goal when they became independent of the use of fossil fuel sources energy.

Master Paint & Chemical Corp is a local rural paint manufacturer that employs 260 people. This company represents one of the main jobs sources in the municipality. In the past, the cost of electricity totaled more than $180,000 annually. Energy savings in this area became a priority to grantee. With the installation of this system, the company will save 100 percent in yearly energy costs.

USDA Rural Development provided a Rural Energy for America (REAP) grant of $210,176 which allowed the small business to acquire and install a 286,000 kW “Grid-Tie” photovoltaic system. The grantee also benefited from a PR Green Energy Fund incentive of $380,787. The total project cost was $843,562.

The end result is that Rural Development in partnership with the local government was able to help a small rural business reduce its carbon footprint and provide economic stability to foster the retention of 260 jobs.

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