Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)
Application Deadline extended to May 31, 2013
Increased funding Available
The deadline for accepting grant applications for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) has been extended to May 31, 2013. Additionally, Congress has substantially increased the funding available which will allow for a greater number of projects to be awarded funding for renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements. The basic program requirements are as follows:
· Eligible applicants include rural small for-profit businesses or agricultural producers who intend to install renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements.
· Renewable energy systems can include solar electric, solar thermal, wind, geothermal, biomass, blender pumps and anaerobic digestion systems.
· Energy efficiency improvement systems can include lighting improvements, insulation, electric motor replacements and other energy efficiency improvement projects as outlined in an energy audit.
Grants are available on a competitive basis for up to twenty-five percent of the eligible project costs. Loan guarantees are also available for up to seventy-five percent of the eligible project costs. Combination grant and loan guarantee applications cannot exceed seventy-five percent of eligible project costs. Additional information can be found at the following website: Rural Energy for America Program
If interested in pursuing a grant or loan guarantee for the Rural Energy for America Program, please submit a complete application to the address listed below at your earliest opportunity. The following individuals can assist in answering questions and providing application documents for this program.
Cindy Musshel, Business Program Assistant
Christie Hooks, Business Program Specialist
Randy Monhemius, Business Program Specialist
USDA, Rural Development
200 North High Street, Room 507
Columbus, OH 43215