$280M in Energy Efficiency Grants Available to Farmers, Small Businesses

February 19, 2015 By Linda Hardesty

Energy Manage USDAThe US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making more than $280 million available to rural agricultural producers and small business owners to purchase and install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements. The funding is offered through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).

USDA is offering grants for up to 25 percent of total project costs and loan guarantees for up to 75 percent of total project costs for renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements. The REAP application window has been expanded to accept and review loan and grant applications year-round.

Eligible renewable energy projects must incorporate commercially available technology. This includes renewable energy from wind, solar, ocean, small hydropower, hydrogen, geothermal and renewable biomass (including anaerobic digesters). The maximum grant amount is $500,000, and the maximum loan amount is $25 million per applicant.

Energy efficiency improvement projects eligible for REAP funding include lighting, heating, cooling, ventilation, fans, automated controls and insulation upgrades that reduce energy consumption. The maximum grant amount is $250,000, and the maximum loan amount is $25 million per applicant.

2 comments on “$280M in Energy Efficiency Grants Available to Farmers, Small Businesses

  1. Energy efficiency improvement projects eligible for REAP funding include lighting. I would like to find out more information on this. We are an energy efficient lighting company that helps our clients qualify for government lighting rebate incentive. If this funding is available we would like to speak to someone who can explain the program and help us qualify our clients for it.

    • Hi Brenda, If you click on the link in the story, it takes you to a gov page where there are more links to follow to find out how to apply.

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