Business Grants Available for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Systems from USDA Rural DevelopmentBy David H. RobinsonBusiness Programs Director Energy conservation and renewable energy production are increasing the bottom line for businesses in Vermont and New Hampshire. USDA Rural Development can pay for up to 25% of eligible efficiency or renewable energy system costs with grant funds and help finance an additional 50% of the project costs with a guaranteed loan. Biofuel production equipment is also an eligible program purpose. The maximum grants are $500,000 for renewable systems and $250,000 for efficiency projects.In many cases, USDA RD can help a business structure a deal that requires no ‘out-of-pocket’ cash. Examples of Vermont and New Hampshire renewable energy and energy efficiency projects previously funded include installation of energy efficient lighting, development of biomass boiler systems, improvements to HVAC, upgraded refrigeration systems, geothermal heating systems and installation of reverse osmosis equipment for maple producers.USDA RD grant and loan guarantee funds may be combined with grants or loans from other private, state or local sources such as bank loans, efficiency rebates or renewable energy generation incentive programs.Businesses interested in learning more about the program and to determine if they qualify, should contact USDA Rural Development in either Montpelier, VT at 802-828-6031 or Concord, NH at 603-223-6045.- End –
Who pays the fine? Not Michael Corbat, the executive who was paid $14,515,462 in 2016. Jail was never a possibility.HSBC had criminal charges dropped for money laundering. It also had made a profit of $881 million for allowing illegal drugs to flow through the American financial system. One of the world’s biggest lenders was fined and paid $1.9 billion, but again, jail is never an option in our justice system.Why does Congress let these crimes go unpunished? The people have an obligation to demand equal justice. As Benjamin Franklin said, “If the people behave like sheep they will be eaten by wolves.”Mary Jane ValachovicSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Motorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departments Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionIn the Capital Region, a 16-year-old boy was sentenced to nine years in jail for stealing about $100 worth of clothes. Compare that to the sentence and jail time time received by the oligarchs of the world — whose corporations and banks cheat the innocent public of millions but have too much money and power to ever see a jail cell.Citigroup was fined $11.5 million for cheating mom-and-pop investors by giving them wrong information on 1,800 stocks the company analyzed.