TEMPLE (April 1, 2013)--The USDA is seeking to provide assistance to rural small businesses and agricultural producers for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.
The funding for the projects would come from USDA's Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).
"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 is designed to help with energy costs and consumption to help meet the Nation's energy needs.
Renewable energy system and energy efficiency improvement grant applications and combination grant and guaranteed loan applications are being accepted until April 30th.
Also being accepted until April 30th are renewable energy system feasibility study grant applications.
Renewable energy system and energy efficiency improvement loan applications will be accepted until July 15th.
"Projects funded through Rural Development's REAP program reduce our dependence on foreign resources and help America's farmers, ranchers, and rural businesses become more energy efficient," Valentin said.