BISMARCK, N.D. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it is investing more than $10,000 to install LED lighting and an HVAC system in rural North Dakota.

“Renewable energy options help open opportunities elsewhere, like creating jobs,” said USDA Rural Development State Director for North Dakota Clare Carlson. “We want everyone to know there are options available to them when it comes to upgrading their existing equipment or new equipment."

According to a press statement by the USDA, Hatton Granite Countertops Inc., in Hatton, N.D., will use a $13,682 grant to make energy-efficient improvements to its operations. The improvements include LED lighting and an HVAC system at its office and plant facilities in Hatton.

The project will save the business nearly $5,000 per year and replace 44,750 kWh per year, according to the release, which is enough energy to power four homes.

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.

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