- December 2, 2014
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.
USDA Solar Farms Grant Purposes
The USDA grant funds have been set in place to finance and develop small and emerging private business enterprises in rural areas.
These USDA Grants are made to farmers, ranchers, and rural small businesses. The program’s eligible projects include projects that utilize energy from a wind, solar, biomass or geothermal source or hydrogen derived from biomass or water using wind, solar or geothermal energy sources.
Solar electricity is a clean and safe renewable source of energy that will not decrease with use, unlike fossil fuels. Whatever is used today will be available to use for hundreds of years.
A Sunworks solar electric system is silent, non-polluting, and will reduce the amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere that play a large roll in global warming, climate change, water and soil contamination and major health risks such as asthma and respiratory tract infections. As a solar owner, you will help by reducing the demand for carbon-based fuels and our dependence on foreign oil supplies.