updated 11/12/2010 1:05:51 PM ET 2010-11-12T18:05:51

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 120 Nebraska farms and businesses will share more than $4.7 million in rural energy grants.

Money from the USDA's Rural Energy for America Program will be used to install renewable-energy systems and increase energy efficiency.

For example, Tom Switzer at Switzer Welding in Neligh will use a grant of more than $18,500 to replace lighting, overhead doors, a heating unit and add insulation to his shop building.

And farmer Mike Wolf in Petersburg will use his grant of nearly $10,400 to convert a diesel irrigation engine to an electric motor.

The USDA says that for fiscal 2010, 157 rural Nebraska projects were awarded a total of nearly $5.9 million in energy grants.

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