In latest round of USDA electric loans, 27 co-ops in 21 states receive funds.
The money will help co-ops build or improve power lines and finance smart grid technologies.
Virtual reality programs could be used to help train new co-op employees.
USDA loans will help 214,000 rural residents and businesses in 10 states.
Latest RUS electric loans: $858 million, 17 co-ops, 450,000 residents and businesses, 17 states.
When rural communities lack broadband access, what is the cost to the people who live there?
USDA: 7M rural residents, businesses to benefit from latest round of electric infrastructure loans
Can small-scale storage be used for energy management? Co-ops go behind the meter to find out.
USDA loans to co-ops for electric improvements will benefit around 350,000 rural Americans.