The USDA’s Renewable Energy for America Program (REAP) targets small businesses and agricultural producers, said Chad Stovall, who helps administer the program in Alaska. Farm Bill is up for renewal in 2013. Next year’s funding (2012) is fairly solid, with about $70 million available for REAP grants across the nation to install renewable energy in rural and agricultural areas of the US.
The deadline for the first round of 2012 grants is the end of January, but the tax credits may expire at the end of this month, so the best bargains will come now, rather than later. The REAP grants are also best applied early in the fiscal year.