Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)

Renewable Energy System and Energy Efficiency Improvement Guaranteed Loan and Grant Program

December 2014 Update

On December 29, the REAP program announced application deadlines for 2015 and published the final rule .

Application deadlines for REAP Grants for 2015 are April 30 and June 30. Guaranteed loan requests will be accepted and processed continuously throughout the year.

USDA will be hosting several workshops in the Midwest region to assist interested applicants with the grant application from 9-12:00pm on the following dates:

  • St. Paul, MN | January 21, 2015 | Click here to RSVP
  • Albert Lea, MN | January 22, 2015 | Click here to RSVP
  • Sioux Falls, SD | January 23, 2015 | Click here to RSVP
  • Brainerd, MN | January 28, 2015 | Click here to RSVP
  • St. Cloud, MN | March 11, 2015 | Click here to Register
  • Fargo, ND | TBD

    The following have been developed for your use with the new regulation:

  • Rule-change Summary Fact Sheet
  • Scoresheet Guidelines
  • Scoresheet Template
  • Streamlined Application Templates
  • Please submit applications to Ron Omann:

    USDA Rural Development
    375 Jackson Street | Suite 410
    St. Paul, MN 55101

    Although considered one program, the Renewable Energy System and Energy Efficiency Improvement Guaranteed Loan and Grant Program provides assistance for two distinct types of energy-related projects. The program provides financial assistance for projects that generate energy (renewable energy systems) or save energy (energy efficiency improvements).

  • REAP Program Brochure

  • Program Details


    Eligibility limited to rural small businesses, and agricltulral producers.

    NOTE: Non-profits and public entities are NOT eligible for this program.

    Click here for more information on applicant eligibility.

    Renewable Energy Systems:

    • Bio-energy: Produces fuel (e.g., biodiesel, ethanol), thermal energy or electric power from a biomass source (crops, trees, wood, plants and other biodegradable waste materials).
    • Anaerobic Digesters: Produces thermal energy or electric power via anaerobic digestion using animal waste and other organic substrates.
    • Geothermal: Direct-use systems that use thermal energy directly from a ground source.
    • Solar: Using the sun for either electric generation or thermal generation (aka hot water heating) purposes.
    • Wind: Either small or large wind turbine systems.

    Energy Efficiency Improvements:

    • Projects include any improvements to a facility, building or process that reduces energy consumption. Examples include energy efficient refrigeration, updating irrigation systems and grain dryers.


    Depending on the technology (renewable v. energy efficiency) outlined in the application, and type of funding (guaranteed loan v. grant) requested, the level of assistance varies.

    Click here to learn about funding contributions requirements from program applicants, maximum loan and grant limits and other financial information.

    HOW TO

    Click here for application materials.

    To assist in the application process, a list of grant writers and energy auditors (for energy efficiency improvement projects) can be found below.

    If you have questions, need further information, or would like to know what funding opportunities are available, contact our Energy and Enviornmental Coordinator Ron Omann or any one of our area office locations.

    Ron Omann | State Office
    USDA Rural Development
    375 Jackson Street | Suite 410
    St. Paul, MN 55101
    (651) 602-7796


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