USDA Seeks Applicants for Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvement Projects under the Rural Energy for America Program
JACKSON, MS, March 15, 2018 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today invited applications for loan guarantees and grants for Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvement Projects.
These loan guarantees and grants are part of USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which was created under the 2008 Farm Bill and reauthorized under the 2014 Farm Bill. This notice seeks applications for FY 2018 funding. The deadline to apply for grants is April 30, 2018. Applications for loan guarantees are accepted year round.
REAP helps agricultural producers and small businesses in communities of up to 50,000 residents reduce energy costs and consumption by purchasing and installing renewable energy systems and making energy efficiency improvements in their operations. Funds may be used for the purchase, installation, and construction of energy efficiency improvements, such as: heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC), insulation, lighting, refrigeration units, and replacement of energy-inefficient equipment. In Mississippi, Rural Development has helped reduce costs for several rural businesses by funding the installation of LED lighting in office buildings. The program has also proven particularly popular in poultry houses, helping to increase efficiency through installation of photovoltaic (PV Solar) systems to reduce operational costs and increase energy independence.
Additional information about the program and how to apply for this funding is available on page 10829 of the March 13, 2018 Federal Register.