Rural Energy for America Program
The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) offers grant and loan opportunities to farmers to help fund renewable energy projects and energy efficiency on the farm including wind projects. The program also provides grants for energy audits and renewable energy development assistance.
The program assists farmers, ranchers, and rural small businesses reduce energy costs and consumption to help the nation meet its energy needs. The program also helps to support and stimulate rural economic development through the creation of new renewable energy sources and income, while it creates jobs and new uses for agricultural products.
- $60 million for fiscal year 2010
- $70 million for fiscal year 2011
- $70 million for fiscal year 2012
Projects eligible for funding must be located in a rural area and applicants must be either an agricultural producer or a small business.
The Rural Energy for America Program is composed of several types of grants and guaranteed loan programs including guaranteed loans and grants for the development/construction of renewable energy systems.
The program extends USDA Rural Development loans and loan guarantees under the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act to wind energy systems (Farm Bill Section 6013). Grants can fund up to 25% of eligible project costs and guaranteed loans cannot exceed 75% of eligible project costs. For more information on eligibility and funding availability, or to request application materials, contact USDA Rural Development. Applicants can contact their local Rural Development State Office for specific information.