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Renewable Energy Rural America

Workers erect some of the 90 solar panels at Timothy Ridgely's 2,700-acre southeastern Illinois farm in Parkersburg, Ill. Thousands of farms and other small businesses across America have begun embracing renewable energy to cut costs and boost their often uncertain bottom lines, often with the help of a federal program.

Renewable Energy in Rural America


Across rural America, thousands of farms and small businesses are turning to renewable energy to cut costs and boost their often uncertain bottom lines, increasingly with the help of a decade-old federal program that aimed to hasten change in a part of the economy that had been slow to embrace it — yet where the electric bill can mean the difference between hiring a worker or laying one off.