Provides grants for energy audits and renewable energy development assistance (REDA) to eligible agricultural producers and rural small businesses. This program helps promote American every independence by increasing the private sector supply of renewable energy and decreasing the demand for energy through energy efficiency improvements.
Over time, these investments can also help lower energy costs for small businesses and agricultural producers.
Applicants must submit separate applications for assistance, limited to one energy audit and one REDA request per fiscal year. The maximum aggregate amount of an energy audit and REDA grant in any given fiscal year is $100,000.
Grants are provided for:
Rural small businesses must be located in eligible rural areas. However, this restriction does not apply to agricultural producers.
Funds may be used for the purchase, installation, and construction of renewable energy systems, such as:
High efficiency heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems (HVAC).
An energy audit is an in-depth examination of a farm that makes several energy efficiency determinations.
Energy audits can take several forms. An audit can be for the total business and analyze all energy use and give recommendations for energy saving possibilities. Energy audits can also be done for some specific energy efficiency measure or alternative energy possibility. To start, we review your utility bills related to your goals then determine what areas of your operation may need to be audited to reach those goals.
NOTE: Agricultural producers and small businesses must have no outstanding delinquent federal taxes, debt, judgment or debarment.
Contact your State Rural Development Energy Coordinator.