Renewable Energy for America Program
USDA Rural Development can provide grants & loan guarantees to small rural businesses & agricultural producers for the purpose of installing renewable energy systems or energy efficiency improvements.
Berkshire East Ski Area is a vital contributor to the local economy of Charlemont, Massachusetts. As a family-owned business operating for more than 30 years in Franklin County, Berkshire East has drawn vital tourism to the town with a population of 1,134. With the installation of a 900kW wind turbine, financed in part by a $1.5 million loan guaranteed by USDA Rural Development , Berkshire East will generate enough electricity to power its operations and sell a small portion back to the grid. When considering state incentives for renewable energy development, this provide will yield a return on investment in approximately 8.5 years.
Renewable Energy for America Resources
Eligibility Map /
Small Business Standards
Simple Application Template (Projects of less than $200,000)
Full Application Template (Projects of more than $200,000)
Application (SF 424)
Budget (SF 424-C)
Assurances (SF 424-D)
Request for Environmental Information
Certification Regarding Debarment — Upper Tier
Certification Regarding Debarment — Lower Tier
Equal Opportunity Agreement