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BCEP alumni secure funds for solar powered regional foods restaurant and brew pub.$49,608 from U.S. Dept of Agriculture's Rural Development Program.
local Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand announced that
Solaqua Power & Art; a renewable energy, business incubator located in
Chatham, had been awarded $49,608 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's
Rural Development Program. The funds will be used to purchase and install a
photovoltaic renewable energy system. The 25 kilowatt system will be
installed as part of a redevelopment project at the vacant Columbia Box
Board Mill in Chatham.
"I am very exited to announce this funding for Solaqua Power and Art," said
Congresswoman Gillibrand a Member of the House Committee on Agriculture.
"Upstate New York will play a major role in the development of renewable
energy, and projects such as this will be an example of the way renewable
energy can revitalize or rural communities."
"We are absolutely thrilled and energized to receive this grant to help
create a solar-powered regional foods restaurant and brew pub at Solaqua
Power and Art. This 25 kW solar voltaic system will provide over 90% of the
electrical energy required for the restaurant's operation," says Jody Rael,
President and Founder, Solaqua Power and Art.
The Rural Development Program helps fund projects from water and utility
infrastructure, to economic development and job growth projects in rural
This event was last updated on 01-20-2009