USDA Seeks Applications to Support Agricultural Producers, Rural Businesses Through Renewable Energy Systems and Improvements

Contact: Amy M. Parr
(808) 541-2600 x133

USDA Rural Development is seeking applications for the Rural Energy for America Program to compete for FY 2016 funding.  Grant applications for Hawaii and the Western Pacific are due by close of business May 2, 2016.  Loan guarantees are competed throughout the year.

Last year, the Hawaii / Western Pacific region received 17 awards totaling more than $1.4 million through the REAP program.  Loan guarantees cover up to 75 percent of total eligible project costs with grants covering up to 25 percent.  A loan-grant combination may fund up to 75 percent of total eligible project costs.

REAP grants are available to agricultural producers with at least 50 percent of their gross income coming from agricultural operations and small businesses in eligible rural areas.  Funds can be used for the purchase, installation and construction of renewable energy systems such as small and large solar and wind generation, hydropower below 30 megawatts, biomass, geothermal and ocean generation.

When making energy efficiency improvements, funds may be used for the following: high efficiency heating; ventilation and air conditioning systems; insulation; lighting; cooling or refrigeration units; doors and windows; electric; and replacement of energy-inefficient equipment.

For more information on the REAP program, contact John Antonio, state energy coordinator at (808) 933-8318 or john.antonio@hi.usda.gov.

Additional contacts include the following Business Programs Specialists: 

Hawaii

Maui County

Lori M. Nekoba

Program Specialist

(808) 933-8312

lori.nekoba@hi.usda.gov

Oahu

Kauai

American Samoa

Shirley M.U. Heatherly

Program Specialist

(808) 541-2600 Ext. 139

Shirley.heatherly@hi.usda.gov

Western Pacific

Anthony C. Barcinas

Program Specialist

(671) 300-8567

Anthony.barcinas@pb.usda.gov

President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities.  Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way-strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities.

Last Modified: 02/23/2016