U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Energy for America Program
Applications now being accepted!
Energy is a fast growing expense, and it affects other costs for farmers like fertilizer, seed and other necessities. To help keep costs down for agricultural producers and rural small businesses, the USDA, through its Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), has awarded the NC Clean Energy Technology Center funds to conduct 14 energy efficiency on-site audits from 2016-2018, at a 75 percent discounted rate.
Energy efficiency improvements are traditionally one of the most effective means to reduce costs and potential impacts to the environment. The USDA REAP program makes energy experts from NC State University, accessible to agricultural producers as well as rural areas that often see higher costs in fixed expenses like utility bills and shipping costs. Extension specialists will do an on-site audit to determine how energy is currently being used and prepare a report detailing the most cost effective upgrades.
For eligibility requirements and an application, please review the Program Information document.
More information on the USDA REAP program, including FAQs and information on opportunities for financing options to help make efficiency improvements recommended by the Center.
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Outreach & Development Lead
Clean Power & Energy Efficiency