This April at The Cedars, sees a month-long process of preparation for our
first renewable energy grant. The Rural Energy for America
Program (REAP), is a federal program run by the USDA offering grants to small
business owners and rural agricultural producers for up to 25% of total project
costs for renewable energy systems.
“Made possible by the 2014 Farm Bill … These
efforts help farmers, ranchers and other small business owners save money on their
energy bills, reduce America's dependence on foreign oil, support America's
clean energy economy, and cut carbon pollution.” (www.rd.usda.gov)
Environmental responsibility and
sustainability is an important part of our vision for The Cedars. Our wish is for our wedding venue and wellness retreat to be eco-conscious, climate responsible, and simply just "smart". That’s why we
are pretty excited to be taking a big step this month toward achieving
part of that vision, by applying for a solar power grant!
Texas, of course, is rich in solar
resources. According to the State Energy Conservation Office, solar power
potential in Texas is among the highest in the country. In consultation recently with renewable energy
specialists Lighthouse Solar, we got a
better understanding of the type of solar power that would be suitable for The
Solar Photovoltaics (PV), is a
low-carbon technology, harnessing renewable energy from the sun via the use of
solar panels. This technology converts sunlight directly into electric power. No
carbon emissions! No degradation of limited environmental resources! With the
potential to be fully self-sufficient and off-grid! We say “Yes Please” to all that!
we won’t be completely off the electricity grid, at least to start with, we are fortunate that our local energy provider Pedernales Electric Cooperative supports grid-connected PV systems. With the grid-tied system, any excess energy that we generate via our solar panels can be sent to the grid, while our connection to the grid allows us to pull electricity from it if we have generation shortfalls.
Wishing you all some sunshine this week, wherever you may be!
Until next week,
Bill & Marilyn.