USDA Section 9007 Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Grants

Incentive type: 
Energy Efficiency
Technologies: 

Wind, Solar, Biomass, Anaerobic Digestion, Geothermal, Small Hydropower, Hydrogen derived from a renewable energy source, Energy efficiency improvement projects

Date: 

The REAP application window for grants and loan guarantees has not yet been announced.  However, applications are now being accepted for Fiscal Year 2011.

Sectors: 
Agricultural
Amount: 

Renewable Energy Systems:

  • Maximum grant request is $500,000
  • Minimum grant request is $2,500

 

Energy efficiency improvements:

  • Maximum grant request is $250,000
  • Minimum grant request is $1,500

 

The grant will not exceed 25% of the total eligible project costs. Priority consideration will be given for requests of less than $20,000.

Combined guaranteed loan and grant packages cannot exceed 75% of the total project costs.

Contact Information: 
Randy Monhemius
Business Program Specialist
Rural Development
200 North High Street, Room 507
Columbus, OH 43215

614) 255-2424
Randy.Monhemius@oh.usda.gov

Application Website

http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/ia/rbcs_RE-EE_grants.html

This website was developed by the Rural Development Office in Iowa. The information contained in this website is applicable to applications submitted for projects in Ohio. Applications for projects in Ohio should be sent to the following address:

Rural Development
200 North High Street, Room 507
Columbus, OH 43215

The Rural Energy for America Program is intended to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy development for rural small for-profit businesses and agricultural producers.

Renewable energy systems or energy efficiency improvements cannot benefit a residence.

Eligible Applicants

An applicant must be a rural small business or an agricultural producer.

  • The size requirement for a small business is defined by SBA at the following web-site: www.sba.gov/size/summary-whatis.html.
  • An agricultural producer is defined as an individual or legal entity which receives 50% or more of their gross income from agricultural.
  • Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen or have at least 51% U.S. citizen ownership
  • Applicant may not owe delinquent federal taxes or liens.
  • Applicants must meet the demonstrated financial need requirements

Eligible Areas

The project must be in a rural area or in an incorporated community under 50,000 population and not adjacent to an urban area. Project location eligibility can be found at: http://eligibility.sc.egov.usda.gov/eligibility/welcomeAction.do

Project Eligibility

The grant funds must be used to purchase a renewable energy system or to make energy efficiency improvements to an existing facility.

Eligible Project Costs

The following items are considered to be eligible project costs as long as these costs are an integral part of the renewable energy system or energy efficiency improvement:

  1. Post-application purchase and installation of equipment.(new or refurbished/remanufactured)
  2. Post-application construction or improvements.
  3. Energy audits or assessments.
  4. Permit and license fees.
  5. Professional service fees, except for application preparation.
  6. Feasibility studies and technical reports.
  7. Business plans.
  8. Retrofitting.
  9. Construction of a new energy efficient facility only when the facility is used for the same purpose, is approximately the same size and based upon the energy audit will provide more energy savings than improving an existing facility. Only costs identified in the energy audit for energy efficiency improvement are allowed.

Application Website:

http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/ia/rbcs_RE-EE_grants.html

This website was developed by the Rural Development Office in Iowa. The information contained in this website is applicable to applications submitted for projects in Ohio. Applications for projects in Ohio should be sent to the following address:

Rural Development
200 North High Street, Room 507
Columbus, OH 43215