ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it will be funding a dozen projects in New Mexico that are geared toward improving energy efficiency on farms and at rural businesses.
The projects were announced Thursday by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The New Mexico projects are among more than 630 across the nation that are being funded by the agency.
Officials say the goal is to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce their energy consumption and costs and boost the use of renewable energy technologies in their operations.
More than $284,000 is being made available for the New Mexico projects.
They include installation of a geothermal heating and cooling system for the Central Valley Electric Coop in Artesia and a photovoltaic solar system for the Emery Law Firm in Taos.