REAP funding of $70 million annually through fiscal-year 2018
1. look for work out of state
2. look for niche applications which could include: agriculture, highway signs, corrosion protection, outdoor displays, medical equipment support, mobile emergency power support, military installations and developers who want to sell solar assisted homes without TVA support.
U.S. Sens. Al Franken, D-Minn., and Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, introduced energy legislation on Monday to be included in the 2013 Farm Bill.
According to Franken, the Rural Energy Investment Act will help farmers, ranchers and rural communities by encouraging the growth of agricultural energy technologies, including biofuels and renewable energies.
The proposal includes the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which Franken included in the 2012 Farm Bill that passed the Senate. Franken says the program helps agriculture producers and businesses in rural areas invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects so they can cut electricity bills and earn additional income by selling the energy they produce.