The USDA announced another round of awards for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) in mid-July, bringing benefits to 56 states and territories and to a wide range of agricultural sectors. REAP continues to help reduce costs, protect and increase jobs and to produce homegrown clean energy . . . Solar energy in rural settings continues to grow strongly with REAP with 337 awards (including hybrid technology projects) for $5 million. These projects are very diverse geographically, covering nearly all the states. They are also diverse in size, ranging from about $3,000 to $250,000. The average solar award was $15,000 . . . The award list can be found here. More award announcements will be issued in coming months.
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Photo: This 21-kilowatt PV system on a family farm in Minden, Nebraska provides most of the farm’s energy needs. The project was partly funded by a USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grant. Additional financing was obtained through the Nebraska Energy Office’s low-interest loan program for solar installations. Credit: Graham Christensen of GC Resolve
At a time when Midwest rural economies are continuing to decline, solar energy projects funded in-part by REAP grants, along with solar and wind energy development in general, provide a means to reverse this trend, contributing to the economic strength and well being of our communities.
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