About the USDA Rural Energy for America Program (USDA REAP):
REAP is a competitive program funded by USDA Rural Development that provides loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase or install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements.
Loan guarantees cover up to 75% of total eligible project costs. Applicants must cover the remaining 25%. Available funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy system grants can cover 25% of total eligible costs.
The maximum grant award for renewable energy systems is $500,000, and the maximum for energy efficiency improvements is $250,000. Guaranteed loans have a maximum of $25 million. Last year, REAP grant awards nationwide totaled around $35 million.
Renewable energy system projects with a total cost of $200,000 or higher require a feasibility and technical report. Energy efficiency projects require an energy audit or assessment.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis by each state’s USDA Rural Development Office. Applications are ranked through a competitive process and funding is not guaranteed.
There are two application deadlines per year, typically at the end of October and the end of March or April. The October deadline is for projects with a total cost of $80,000 or less and has a set-aside pool of funding. The spring deadline is for projects of any size.
How Can EnSave Help You?
EnSave provides turn-key USDA REAP grant application development services:
- Development of REAP grant applications
- REAP energy audits and energy assessments
- Renewable energy assessments and technical reports
- Submission of REAP grant on your behalf
EnSave is the leading agricultural energy consulting firm in the nation and has a strong track record of assisting clients with REAP. While most firms specialize in either energy services or grant writing services, EnSave’s team has expertise in both areas, which means a more streamlined experience for you, and a lower cost for our services.
For more information about our USDA Grant Writing and Technical Services view the services flyer here.
Call us at (800) 732-1399, or fill out the contact form below to get started today.