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Wampler to unveil finished solar project

Wampler's Farm Sausage Co. will unveil its new 500kw solar photovoltaic system on Friday in Lenoir City.

The $2.4 million system is the company's second solar project. The first, a 28kw system, was installed in 2009.

When incorporating the new 500kW system, the company made an effort to use products manufactured in Tennessee, including those from Sharp Solar, AGC Flat glass, Efficient Energy of Tennessee and Shoals Technology Group.  

The financing for the project was provided by the Tennessee Group of United Community Bank and USDA, Rural Development's Rural Energy for America Program.

At the ribbon cutting ceremony the USDA will be awarding the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grants.  Wampler's will be receiving the largest REAP grant ever awarded in the state of Tennessee in the amount of $250,000.  

Along with Wampler's Farm Sausage Company, Greater Growth LLC and Pioneer Heating and Air Conditioning Inc.  will also receive grants.

The grants are administered by the USDA and are awarded to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to help assist in the purchase of renewable energy systems and/or make energy efficiency improvements.  

Registration will begin at 10:00 a.m. with a program starting at 10:30 a.m.   Guest speakers at the event include:  
Congressman Duncan,
USDA TN State Director for Rural Development Bobby Goode, President of Wampler's Farm Sausage Company Ted Wampler Jr. and President of Efficient Energy of Tennessee Robbie Thomas.

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