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Energy Programs

Our programs, authorized by the Agricultural Act of 2014, offer funding to complete energy audits, provide renewable energy development assistance, make energy efficiency improvements and install renewable energy systems. We have programs that help convert older heating sources to cleaner technologies, produce advanced biofuels, install solar panels, build biorefineries, and much more. USDA Rural Development is at the forefront of renewable energy financing, with options including grants, guaranteed loans and payments.

Rural Development Energy Programs

Advanced Biofuel Payment Program

This program’s goal is to increase the production of advanced biofuels.

BioPreferred Program

 BioPreferred Program is to increase the purchase and use of biobased products. 

Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program

This program provides loan guarantees up to $250 million to assist in the development, construction and retrofitting of new and emerging technologies. These technologies are: advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals and biobased products.

Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program

The purpose of the HBIIP is to increase significantly the sales and use of higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel by expanding the infrastructure for renewable fuels derived from U.S. agricultural products. The program is also intended to encourage a more comprehensive approach to market higher blends by sharing the costs related to building out biofuel-related infrastructure.

Rural Energy Pilot Program

The Rural Energy Pilot Program (REPP) grant offers financial assistance for rural communities to further develop renewable energy.

Rural Energy for America Program Energy Audits & Renewable Energy Development Grants

This program assists rural small businesses and agricultural producers by conducting and promoting energy audits and providing Renewable Energy Development Assistance (REDA).

Rural Energy for America Program Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Loans & Grants

Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Fiscal Year 2021 funding amounts will be published with the enactment of the full-year appropriations act.