Wyoming goat farm, brewery recipients of USDA energy grants

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Cheyenne, Wyo. - A brewery and a goat farm are among Wyoming businesses getting federal grants to encourage renewable energy and energy efficiency.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Monday announced more than $43 million in loan guarantees and $11 million in grants through its Rural Energy for America Program. The program has helped some 15,000 farmers, ranchers and small businesses since 2009.

This year's recipients include Bitter Creek Brewing in Rock Springs, which got a $4,200 grant to make its building more energy efficient. Goat farm Big Horn Basin Boers in Manderson is getting almost $14,000 to buy and install solar power.

Other grant recipients in Wyoming include almost $200,000 for the Blair's Market grocery store in Greybull to install more efficient lights.

More than 820 projects nationwide got funding this year.