USDA Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Grants Open
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that USDA is seeking applications through March 30 to provide assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to complete a variety of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Funding is available from USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) authorized by 2008 Farm Bill.
This USDA funding helps revitalize rural economies to create opportunities for growth and prosperity, supports innovative technologies, identifies new markets for agricultural producers, and better utilizes our natural resources.
The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), announced in the January 20, 2012 Federal Register, (pages 2948 through 2954), is designed to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce energy costs and consumption and help meet the Nation’s critical energy needs. For 2012, USDA has approximately $12.5 million in grant monies available to fund REAP activities.
USDA is accepting the following applications:
Due February 21, 2012: The Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grant Program provides grant assistance to entities that will assist agriculture producers and small rural businesses by conducting energy audits and providing information on renewable energy development assistance. Read more
Due March 30, 2012: The Renewable Energy System and Energy Efficiency Improvement Guaranteed Loan and Grant Program provides financial assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase, install, and construct renewable energy systems; make energy efficiency improvements; use renewable technologies that reduce energy consumption; and participate in energy audits, renewable energy development assistance, and feasibility studies. Read more
Due March 30, 2012: The Feasibility Studies Grant Program assists financially applicants that need to complete a feasibility study, which are required in applications for many of USDA’s and other government agencies’ energy programs. Read more
Map key: Biomass (green), Solar (yellow), Wind (gray), Geothermal (red), Hydroelectric (blue),Other (purple); Energy Efficiency projects (orange).
The Renewable Energy Investments web map contains information regarding USDA programs that provide assistance to renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. The map displays investment location, type of energy investment, amount of assistance provided and the administering USDA program. The energy investment data is also summarized by state, county and congressional districts to display total number of investments and total dollar amounts obligated by USDA. Also available is the Renewable Energy Special Projects Report.