Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)


Solar PV panels funded by USDA Rural Development

USDA Rural Development's Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) administers grants, guaranteed loans, and combination grant/guaranteed loans to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements. Originally established in Section 9006 of the 2002 Farm Bill, the program was re-authorized in the 2014 Farm Bill under Section 9007. For information on the Farm Bill, click HERE. If a farm operation does not meet the program definition of an agricultural producer, it may apply as a rural small business, provided that it meets the applicable SBA standard.

• A private entity including a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation and a cooperative (including a cooperative qualified under section 501 (c) (12) of the Internal Revenue Code.)

An electrical utility, including a Tribal or governmental electric utility that provides service to rural consumers on a cost-of-service basis without support from public funds or subsidy form the Government authority establishing the district, provided such utilities meet SBA's definition of small business. These entities must operate independent of direct government control. With the exception of the entities described above, non-profit organizations and public entities are excluded.

Determining rural areas

To determine if a small business is located in a rural area, go to the Rural Business Service property eligibility web site located HERE.

Application Information and Forms

Rural Energy for America Program Grants

Rural Energy for America Program Loans

REAP Regulation

Renewable Energy Less Than $80K Application Guidelines

Renewable Energy Between $80-200K Application Guidelines

Renewable Energy $200K+ Application Guidelines

Energy Efficiency Less than $80K Application Guidelines

Energy Efficiency Between $80-200K Application Guidelines

Energy Efficiency More than $200K Application Guidelines

DUNS Number Application
System for Award Management (SAM/Cage)


Anne Correia, Energy Coordinator
Business and Cooperative Programs
Rural Development - MA/CT/RI
United States Department of Agriculture

15 Cranberry Highway
West Wareham, MA 02576
Phone: 508-295-5151 x136
Anne Correia