April 16, 2014

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Energizing Kentucky agriculture Print E-mail

Governor Steve Beshear today announced the availability of the 2013 On-Farm Energy Efficiency & Production Incentives program through the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund (KADF).

“After a successful 2012 program year with nearly $1.2 million in incentives approved, the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, which I chair, has committed funds from the KADF to continue providing farmers the opportunity to increase farm energy efficiency or renewable energy production,” said Gov. Beshear.  “It is encouraging to see that 140 farm families from 40 counties were able to access the 2012 program for projects, which demonstrates Kentucky’s leadership in farm energy efficiency.”

For 2013, the KADB’s commitment of $1 million leveraged additional funds through the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet to bring the total available funds for 2013 to $1.75 million.

The 2013 On-Farm Energy Efficiency & Production Incentives program provides 50 percent reimbursement of the actual cost of a qualified energy saving or renewable energy project, up to $15,000. Permissible items include, but are not limited to, energy audits, energy efficient farm building components, on-farm energy upgrades and on-farm energy efficiency training.

The KADF On-farm Energy Efficiency & Production Incentives Program is designed to help achieve the goals of Gov. Beshear’s Intelligent Energy Choices for Kentucky’s Future: Kentucky’s 7-Point Energy Strategy and will be part of the effort to meet 18 percent of Kentucky’s energy needs from efficiency improvements by 2025.

For questions about the application process for the KADF On-farm Energy Incentives Program, please contact Bill McCloskey or Angie Justice at 502-564-4627 or govkyagpolicy@ky.gov. The application is also available online at ag-energy.ky.gov.  The deadline for the first round of 2013 applications is April 26 (in hand).