The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Renewable Energy for America Program (REAP) offers grants and loan guarantees to farmers, ranchers, and rural small businesses, to help them purchase renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements. REAP is a continuation of the program formerly known (prior to 2008) as “Section 9006” or the “Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Grant Program” which was established in the 2002 Farm Bill.
The renewable energy grants and loans are managed in Delaware by USDA’s Rural Development Office in Dover. Bruce Weaver, USDA’s State Energy Coordinator in Delaware, can be reached at (302) 857-3629 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. It is advisable to contact USDA for assistance if you are considering this grant or loan program. Additional information on the forms can be found online at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/regs/regs_toc.html under Part 4280-B (Loans and Grants-Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Program).
For more information about USDA Renewable Energy Grants, Loans, and Loan Guarentees, see page 18 in the Investment and Cost Guide.