November 14, 2013

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $50,000 for New Solar Powered System for Rush-A-Round Acres Dairy Farm in Erie County

New System Will Increase Efficiency and Produce Clean Energy for Dairy Farm Operations

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced a federal loan worth $50,000 for the Rush-A-Round Acres, LLC. The funding is allocated through the USDA’s Rural Development Rural Energy for America Grant Program and will be used to purchase and install a 50 kilowatt solar powered system.

“Rural farms often have difficulty accessing efficient sources of power, and that’s exactly the problem this grant will help solve,” said Senator Schumer. “The solar powered system Rush-A-Round Farm will purchase will generate clean and sustainable power.  It’s a win-win for the farm and the surrounding community that will brighten the future for both.”

“This is an important investment for Rush-A-Round Acres,” said Senator Gillibrand, New York’s first member of the Senate Agriculture Committee in nearly four decades. “These federal resources to purchase and install a new solar powered system will increase energy efficiency, produce clean energy and cut costs for dairy farm operations. Investing in this kind of critical infrastructure is a common sense solution to supporting our dairy farms and helping the environment.”


Rush-A-Round Acres will specifically use the funding to purchase and install a 50 kilowatt solar photovoltaic system for their dairy farm. The Rural Energy for America Program Grant allocates funds that will be used by farmers, ranchers and rural small business in developing and sustaining energy efficient modifications to their operations.