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Energy Breakfast: USDA Grant Opportunities for Clean Energy
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Are you a farm or small business owner looking for support for renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements? Or perhaps you’re simply curious about programs available to support rural communities? If so, September’s Energy Breakfast is one you won’t want to miss.
Join USDA Rural Development Program Specialist Norman Brus to learn about the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).
REAP supports a wide variety of energy improvements including investment in battery storage, solar or wind energy, energy efficiency upgrades, geothermal, and more. Grants are available at $2,500 to $500,000 for renewable energy systems projects and $1,500 to $250,000 for energy efficiency projects. You can imagine how, with a vision of 100% local, clean, efficient energy, your local energy district is happy to spread the word about these abundant and available federal programs.
Since 2000, Brus has been helping 16 counties in northeast Iowa access funding for rural development projects. REAP, a program of the USDA, is a series of loans and grants aimed to help increase American energy independence by increasing the private sector supply of renewable energy and reducing demand for energy through energy efficiency improvements.
Brus will also touch briefly on the Value Added Producer Grant program, a program available to agricultural producers which offers grant and matching funds which can be used for planning activities or for working capital expenses related to producing and marketing a value-added agricultural product.
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