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

2014 Update

The agency is currently accepting applications.

Please submit applications to Ron Omann:

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

A submission deadline has not yet been established for 2014. Updates will be posted upon announcement.

 

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).

Program Brochures

  • Renewable Energy
  • Energy Efficiency

  • Program Details

    Eligibility:

    Applicants
    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.

    Projects
    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.

    Financial
    Assistance:

    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
    APPLY:

    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
    ron.omann@mn.usda.gov

    More Info:

    Further information on the REAP program can be found in the regulation instruction:

     

    Annual Investment Summaries