U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack toured Snake River Brewing in Jackson yesterday. His department's Rural Energy for America Program - called REAP for short - gave the brewery a $13,000 grant to put solar panels on its roof.
Vilsack says that REAP shows how government can give small businesses a hand.
"Here's a place where the government is making a difference. You might have done this at some point in time, but you would not have done it now but for the REAP grant."
The Brewery's Chris Erickson agrees.