Five New Hampshire small businesses are getting over $163,000 in USDA grants for solar projects estimated to power about 180 homes a year.
The businesses are 959 Boys of Portsmouth, Conner Bottling Works of Newfields, Furlone of Spofford L.A. Brochu Inc. of Concord and The Storage Barn in Newington.
The grants cover up to 25 percent of a project's cost. The federal funding will be matched with nearly $500,000 in other funding.
Through the Rural Energy for America Program, USDA Rural Development helps finance the cost of renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements for rural small businesses and farmers.