By Tina Casey, CleanTechnica
The Department of Agriculture’s renewable energy grant and loan programs are pulled together under an initiative called REAP for Rural Energy for America Program. REAP got its start in 2008 as an iteration of the agency’s Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Program. That program was established in 2002 with an initial $23 million in funding for grants, loan guarantees, and combination packages. As for why renewable energy programs are bundled into supporting legislation for the agriculture industry, the connection between food and energy is no mystery: it takes energy to run farm equipment. Read more here.
Photo: Harmony Nursery in Bradshaw, Nebraska. The 25-kilowatt solar system was a USDA
Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grant award-winner. Installed by Graham Christensen, owner of GC ReVOLT, LLC.
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
- Year in Review: 9 Clean Energy Transition Stories from 2018, by Jeff Deyette, director of state policy and analysis at the Union of Concerned Scientists
- Sunlight, smarts, a house, and some money means solar power, PV Magazine
Stanford researchers, using machine learning applied to satellite imagery, have found
1.4 million solar power installations in the United States. The researchers also extracted significant socioeconomic patterns from the data which they say can help to predict future installations.
- IHS Predicts Global Solar Installations To Reach 123 Gigawatts In 2019, CleanTechnica