Rhode Island’s green energy grant program is helping struggling small farmers. The annual grant of $200,000 is given to farms as an incentive for them to use renewable energy. This helps small farms keep their energy costs down and reduces negative impact on the environment. Moreover, the grant is funded by fees paid by utilities that own power plants that use fossil fuels.

More details on the Rhode Island Farm Energy Program:

The grant program is in the first year of a three-year, $600,000 pilot. There are two funding rounds per year, in April and October, with a total of $200,000 granted annually.

It is being funded entirely through payments that Rhode Island receives as a member of the nine-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which collects fees from utilities that own fossil fuel-burning power plants.

The new program is also designed to complement other work to keep farms thriving in Rhode Island. They include a state program to help local farmers and seafood producers market their goods and the Legal Food Hub, which was brought to Rhode Island this fall by the Conservation Law Foundation to provide free legal services to farmers and small food businesses.

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