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IRA General FAQs

  • A: The utilization of a given technology in REAP is driven by the applications, which in recent years have favored solar projects.


    • EEE – Energy Efficient Equipment
    • RES - Renewable Energy Systems
    • EEI – Energy Efficiency Improvements
    • REDA – Renewable Energy Development Assistance 
    • EA – Energy Audits
  • A: Yes, underserved areas receive priority for funding under this notice. Review Rural Developments Priority Points page for more information.

  • A: Applications interested in providing technical assistance through REAP EA/REDA should visit EA/REDA website to learn more.

Version 8.0 published September 12, 2023

USDA Rural Development’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) is providing a list of questions asked by the public regarding the New ERA program. Some of the questions will be extremely specific to a particular potential applicant but are included in this FAQ to ensure transparency and that everyone has access to the same information.

Because information changes, always consult official program regulations or contact your RUS General Field Representative for help. A list is available at this link: https://www.rd.usda.gov/contact-us/electric-gfr.

You can email New ERA program questions to SM.RD.RUS.IRA.Questions@usda.gov 

NOTE: The information in this guide does not outweigh technical and regulatory language in the Inflation Reduction Act. In questions of precedence, always refer to the Public Law or regulation.

** Questions that are new to this version are marked with a double asterisk.