USDA Funds More Than 900 Renewable, Energy Efficiency Projects

August 24, 2011

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on August 17 grants for more than 900 agricultural producers and rural small businesses to implement renewable energy and energy efficiency measures. The grants, totaling more than $11.6 million and covering all 50 states, are being provided through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). This program offers funds for farmers, ranchers, and rural small businesses to purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy-efficiency improvements.

REAP grants will help many agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce energy consumption. For example, Simpsons Brothers Greenhouses in Ovid, Michigan, was selected to receive an $18,000 grant to make energy-efficiency improvements, including installing greenhouse energy curtains designed to reduce energy consumption by 42%.

Funding of each award is contingent on the recipient meeting the conditions of the grant agreement. Grants can finance up to 25% of a project's cost, not to exceed $500,000 for renewables or $250,000 for efficiency. See the USDA press release and the complete list of recipientsPDF.