(April 1, 2013)--The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for renewable energy and energy efficiency improvement projects.
Funding is available from USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), a program created to reduce dependence on foreign resources and help farmers, ranchers and rural businesses become more energy efficient.
Three types of applications are being accepted: renewable energy system and energy efficiency improvement grant applications and combination grant and guaranteed loan applications, guaranteed loan only applications and renewable energy system feasibility study grant applications.
The renewable energy system feasibility study grant applications will be accepted through July 15 while all other applications are due by April 30.
“We're pleased to offer this funding availability to those who are interested in identifying and implementing projects that will conserve energy,” USDA Rural Development Texas State Director Paco Valentin said.
REAP was authorized by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008.