Renewable Energy Grants for Agricultural Producers and Rural Small Businesses

USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Grant Applications: Due April 30, 2015

The USDA has announced funding to assist agricultural producers and small business owners in applying for resources to purchase and install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements. Eligible renewable energy systems include wind, solar, renewable biomass (including anaerobic digesters), small hydroelectric, and geothermal.

For more information, contact:
Nebraska Rural Development Energy Coordinator
Kelley Messenger, USDA Rural Development
4009 6th Avenue, Suite 1
Kearney, NE 68845
Telephonw: (308) 237-3118 Extension 1120
Email: kelley.messenger@ne.usda.gov
Website: http://www.rd.usda.gov/ne

USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-energy-america-program-renewable-energy-systems-energy-efficiency

A USDA REAP grant, if awarded, covers 25% of the project. Additional funding sources include:
* Federal Tax Credit of 30% for qualified installations
* Accelerated depreciation for businesses
* Self-Employment Tax Credit