USDA Grants for Solar
The USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) provides assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to complete a wide variety of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, including solar PV and solar thermal projects. The program, administered by USDA Rural Development, offers grants and loan guarantees to any agricultural producer or rural small business. In this sense, rural is defined as any community consisting of less than 50,000 members.
The USDA Grant is designed for individuals or businesses receiving at least 50% of gross income from agriculture. The 2002 Farm Bill established a grant and loan guarantee program to assist eligible farmers, ranchers and rural small businesses in purchasing renewable energy systems and for making energy efficiency improvements.