The USDA's Rural Energy for America Program (REAP, Section 9007) has opened up a new round of grants to support renewable energy and energy efficiency in rural areas and/or for rural small businesses (including electric cooperatives). Recycled energy qualifies for the grants in several ways:
- Renewable-fueled CHP (for instance, fueled by animal waste using an anaerobic digester) qualifies as renewable energy
- Natural gas-fueled CHP qualifies as energy efficiency
- Waste heat recovery qualifies as energy efficiency
These competitively-awarded grants can cover up to 25% of total eligible project costs, and are limited to $500,000 for renewable energy systems and $250,000 for energy efficiency improvements.
We strongly encourage all potential CHP projects in rural areas to apply for this funding. We are able to help review the technical information for grant applicants prior to submittal. Contact Us.