For Immediate Release: December 15, 1998
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 654-4989



Deadline extended for greenhouse energy efficiency loans



Greenhouse and nursery operators eager to cut their energy costs now have until January 29, 1999 to apply for low-interest loans from the California Energy Commission.

To encourage innovative energy efficiency technology in California, the Commission is making nearly $800,000 available at the fixed interest rate of 3.7 percent. Loans of up to $150,000 can be made to individual farmers or to groups willing to use their successful projects as teaching sites to demonstrate their energy savings to others.

Any grower operating a greenhouse or nursery business in California may apply. All projects must have a simple payback of seven years or less. Loan recipients will be selected on a competitive basis and should be notified in May 1999.

Applications may be obtained by contacting:

California Energy Commission
Energy in Agriculture Program, MS-42
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-5512
Attention: Elizabeth Boynton

For additional information, telephone (916) 654-4089. Application requests also can be FAXed to: (916) 654-4304 or e-mailed to: lboynton@energy.state.ca.us

Details and on-line applications are available on the Energy Commission's Web site at:

www.energy.ca.gov/agprogram.

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