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USDA seeks applications for renewable energy loans and grants

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USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service Administrator Sam Rikkers today encouraged rural small businesses and agricultural producers to apply for loans and grants to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

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USDA is accepting Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) applications for: 1) energy audit and renewable energy development assistance grants, and 2) renewable energy system and energy efficiency guaranteed loans and grants.

The application deadline for energy audit and renewable energy development assistance grants is Jan. 31, 2017.

Applications for renewable energy system and energy efficiency grants of $20,000 or less are due by October 31, 2016, for the first funding cycle and March 31, 2017, for the second funding cycle.

Applications for renewable energy system and energy efficiency grants of greater than $20,000 and all combination grants and guaranteed loans are due by March 31, 2017. USDA will set aside 20 percent of the funds for grants of $20,000 or less.

Applications for renewable energy system and energy efficiency grants or for loan/grant combinations that are received after March 31, 2017, will be considered in Fiscal Year 2018, which starts October 1, 2017.


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