Local businesses get federal grants for energy-saving projects

slinn@thetribunenews.comOctober 2, 2013 

U.S. Rep. Lois Capps is shown during a debate with 24th District challenger Abel Maldonado at The Tribune in September 2012.

LAURA DICKINSON — Special to The Tribune

Three Central Coast businesses collectively received more than $105,000 in federal grants to assist their efforts to reduce energy costs and increase efficiency.

The grants were funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Energy for America Program, U.S. Rep. Lois Capps said in a news release.

The Atascadero 76 Gas Station received the largest of the grants, $49,680, to help finance the installation of an E85 flexible fuel pump designed to dispense a blend of ethanol and gasoline.

Still Waters Vineyards in Paso Robles received $49,466 to help pay for the installation of a solar photovoltaic power system. And Kraus Farms of Carpinteria, which grows organic avocados, citrus and coffee, received $6,024 to help fund the installation of a solar power system.

Each grant will cover 25 percent of the total cost of the project, the news release said.

“These grants are yet another reminder of how Central Coast residents are leading the way in adopting renewable energy technologies and reducing our dependence on fossil fuels,” Capps said in the news release.

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