News Release
Release No.STELPRD4019800
ContactTammi Schone605-352-1102
(MARCH 4, 2013) INFORMATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY FOR AMERICA PROGRAM (REAP) MEETING TO BE HELD AT USDA SERVICE CENTER, PIERRE, SD
Pierre, SD, Mar 04, 2013 --

@@Join the Pierre USDA Rural Development staff to learn about how the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) can assist with renewable energy and energy efficiency projects to cut costs or generate income. An informational meeting will be held Monday, March 18, 2013, beginning at 1:00 p.m., at the USDA Service Center located at 1717 North Lincoln Avenue, Pierre, SD in the conference room.

Under the REAP, USDA Rural Development provides financing with grants and loan guarantees. Most rural projects that reduce energy use and result in savings for the agricultural producer or rural small business owner are eligible as energy efficiency projects, including lighting and heating replacements, upgrading insulation and windows and doors. Examples of renewable energy projects include geothermal heating and cooling systems, wind energy, solar, and flexible fuel pumps for gas or convenience stores.

Eligible applicants for these grants are rural small businesses (must meet SBA size standards), farmers and ranchers. Applications for residential building improvements will not be eligible.

For more information, please contact Rural Development Loan Specialist Brian L. Ring at (605) 224-8870, Extension 122, email brian.ring@sd.usda.gov, or visit the office at 1717 North Lincoln Avenue, Suite 102, Pierre, SD 57501.

President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America's economy, small towns and rural communities.      

USDA's investments support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values. President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of Federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $176 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. More information about USDA Rural Development can be found at www.rurdev.usda.gov.