Hawaiian Small Businesses Get Help with Energy Audits

April 15, 2013 By Linda Hardesty

The state of Hawaii is offering energy audits for Hawaii agricultural producers and rural small businesses.

The state is able to offer these audits through a $100,000 federal grant from the US Department of Agriculture’s Rural Energy for America Program, according to Hawaii 247.

The energy audit initiative will provide approved farms, agricultural producers and other rural small businesses with an investment grade audit that will examine current energy usage, recommend actions and investments to reduce energy usage, and show associated energy savings and financial returns.

As part of USDA requirements, applicants will be responsible for paying upfront a small share of the audit cost, which will be calculated on a business-by-business basis. Upon completion of the audit, the applicant may be able to recoup the upfront cost of the audit through Hawaii Energy, the state’s energy conservation and efficiency program, which has augmented this federal grant with a $25,000 commitment through its existing Whole Building Assistance incentive offer.

The energy audit program is a partnership between DBEDT, the USDA, Hawaii Energy, and GDS Associates.

The USDA is seeking applications to provide assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects across the country. Funding is available from USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which is designed to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce energy costs and consumption.

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