Rep. Lawson Secures $40K Grant for Rural Sustainable Energy in Havana
August 13, 2018
WASHINGTON DC – U.S. Rep. Al Lawson has helped secure a $40,000 USDA grant to support rural development in Havana, Fla. The funds will help the Coastal Forest Resources Company install energy-efficient LED lighting in its plant.
“This program will allow for cost savings and economic growth while encouraging environmentally-friendly energy policies,” Rep. Lawson said. “I strongly believe that sustainable development is key to economic growth.”
The LED lighting upgrade will save $42,072 per year and will replace 693,214 kWh per year, which is enough electricity to power 63 homes. The grant was awarded as part of the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which aids rural agricultural and business communities in making energy-efficient improvements.
Rep. Lawson sits on the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, where he works on initiatives relating to rural economic development, the environment, farming and food safety. He also serves on the Small Business Committee, where he works to aid entrepreneurs in creating and growing their businesses.