USDA funds Ohio smart grid expansion
March 11, 2020
The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development programme has awarded more than $60m in low interest loans to three electric co-ops in rural Ohio to invest in electric infrastructure, strengthen reliability and build new service facilities.
The funds comprise:
- $16,658,000 to Washington Electric Cooperative in Marietta to connect 500 consumers, and build and improve 71km of line. The project includes $1.1m in smart grid technologies.
- $4,500,000 to Adams Rural Electric Cooperative in West Union to connect 400 consumers, and build and improve 71km of line. The project includes $53,877 in smart grid technologies.
- $39,000,000 to South Central Power in Lancaster to build a service and warehouse facility in Fairfield County and a new Hillsboro service centre in Highland County.
USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas.