The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is to fund a series of projects to convert biomass to energy through its Rural Energy for America programme (REAP).

Among the companies receiving funding is NC-CHP Owner 1, LLC, a business management consultancy company, which received project financing of $5 million for constructing CHP project serving a poultry producer in Montgomery County, Maryland.

The company will use wood chips as feedstock for generating electricity and the project will also generate steam with a boiler system. The project is expected to produce about 5.25 million kWh of electricity annually.

So far this year, the USDA has funded 52 biomass projects with just over $31 million in grant and loan note guarantees through the REAP programme. This support has helped to leverage $154.5 million of biomass project development in 26 states that will result in renewable heat and power for farms and small businesses in rural America.

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