What: The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements. Agricultural producers may also apply for new energy efficient equipment and new system loans for agricultural production and processing. Funds may be used for renewable energy systems such as biomass; geothermal for electric generation; hydropower; hydrogen; small and large wind and solar generation; and ocean generation. Funds may also be used for the purchase, installation, and construction of energy efficiency improvements including HVAC systems; insulation; lighting; cooling or refrigeration units; doors and windows; electric, solar or gravity pumps for sprinkler pivots; switching from a diesel to electric irrigation motor; or replacement of energy-inefficient equipment. Agricultural producers may also use guaranteed loan funds to install energy efficient equipment and systems for agricultural production or processing.
- Agricultural producers with at least 50 percent of their gross income coming from agricultural operations.
- Small businesses in eligible rural areas (with populations of 50,000 residents or less).
How Much: Grants up to 25% of total eligible project costs. There is a $2,500 minimum and $500,000 maximum for renewable energy system grants and a $1,500 minimum and $250,000 maximum for energy efficiency grants.
Deadline: March 31, 2022