REAP Grant announced for 2012

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is seeking applications to provide assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to complete a variety of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) 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 $25.4 million budget authority available to fund REAP activities, which will support at least $12.5 million in grant and approximately $48.5 million in guaranteed loan program level awards. USDA is accepting the following applications:

  • renewable energy system and energy efficiency improvement grant applications and combination grant and guaranteed loan applications until March 30, 2012;
  • renewable energy system and energy efficiency improvement guaranteed loan only applications on a continuous basis up to June 29, 2012;
  • renewable energy system feasibility study applications through March 30, 2012; and
  • energy audits and renewable energy development assistance applications through February 21, 2012.

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2 comments

  1. perry says:

    looking to put in a small solar farm in bedford county tn. i need to know where to get grants and or financial help

    • SPartin says:

      Are you a residential, commercial, or agriculture?

      REAP grants are for rural area agriculture or small businesses. Also there is a 30% federal tax credit, and the Clean TN Energy Grant Program will be available again at the start of next year.

      If you can use the tax credit, the best bet would be to contact a solar installer to look at your situation and what makes sense for you: http://www.tnsolarenergy.org/?page_id=794

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