ORONO, Maine — The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service’s state conservationist, Juan Hernandez, has announced that Maine Rural Partners, located in Orono, will receive $40,000 to carry out a heat pump demonstration project.
The funds are being awarded through Conservation Innovation Grants, a component of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.
Through the grant, Maine Rural Partners will demonstrate and evaluate an air-to-air ductless heat pump in an agricultural-based application. The demonstration project will be established in Aroostook County in the retail farm store and processing facility of Micmac Farms and Trading Company, owned by the Aroostook Band of Micmacs. By selecting a northern Maine demonstration site, all Maine’s farms will know if this technology might work for them.
Maine Rural Partners is the lead organization for Farm Energy Partners, a network of public- and private-sector organizations committed to strategically addressing energy challenges and opportunities of Maine’s farm community.