U.S. Department of Agriculture Grants $1 Million to help Rural Pennsylvania Communities

At Saubel’s Market in Shrewsbury, York County, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding joined U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack to announce USDA’s investment of $1 million to reduce the impacts of climate change on Pennsylvania’s rural communities.

“Pennsylvania is grateful that the Biden-Harris Administration has recognized the importance of these investments to foster development and resiliency in communities across the commonwealth through the USDA and Build Back Better agenda,” said Secretary Redding. “It takes ownership of the environment and climate related impacts, recognizing climate plays a critical role in the success of agriculture and society.”

Saubel’s Market store owner Greg Saubel received a $102,413 USDA Rural Energy for America Program grant to install a 300-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system. With the installation of the solar panels, the project is expected to replace 395,539 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year, or enough energy to power 36 homes annually. This includes a projected cost savings of $30,852 per year.

“Pennsylvania’s agriculture community has long been rooted in the rural areas of the state,” said Secretary Redding. “By specializing in bringing locally grown produce to market and supporting students in local agriculture efforts, Saubel’s Market is the perfect example of how strong roots and local investments have so much community impact.”

Saubel’s Market is one of 22 rural development projects across Pennsylvania to benefit from this USDA nationwide investment of more than $600 million as part of the Rural Energy for America Program or Community Facilities Disaster Grants.