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Rural Energy for America Program  (REAP) 

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Grant                         Loan Guarantee                          Feasibility Study                                REDA (Not funded in FY13)



For information on Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Grants and/or Loan Guarantees For information on  REAP Renewable Energy Feasibility Study Grants (FS) and Renewable Energy Development Assistance (REDA) Grants 
Presque Isle Area Office:

Aroostook, Hancock, northern Penobscot (Howland north), Piscataquis & Washington Counties

Cheryl D. Pelletier

735 Main Street Suite 1, Presque Isle, ME 04769

(207) 764-4157, ext 135


Energy Coordinator Beverly A. Stone

967 Illinois Avenue, Suite 4

Bangor, ME 04401

(207) 990-9125

Bangor Area Office: 

Kennebec, Knox, southern Penobscot (south of Howland), Somerset & Waldo Counties

John F. Sheehan

1423 Broadway Suite 3, Bangor, ME 04401

(207) 990-3676, ext 130

Program Director:
Dean R. Churchill

967 Illinois Avenue, Suite 4

Bangor, ME 04401

(207) 990-9168  
Lewiston Area Office:

Androscoggin, Cumberland, Franklin, Lincoln, Oxford, Sagadahoc, & York Counties

Bobbi J. Arnold   

254 Goddard Road, Lewiston, ME 04240

(207) 753-9400, ext 240






Section 9007 of the 2008 Farm Bill established a grant and guaranteed loan program to assist eligible agricultural producers and rural small businesses in purchasing renewable energy systems and for making energy efficiency improvements.

renewable energy projects include biomass, anaerobic digester, geothermal (electric generation), geothermal (direct use), hydrogen, small and large wind, small and large solar, flexible fuel pumps, and hydropower.  Awards will be made on a competitive basis.

Energy Efficiency improvements could include replacing an oil-fired boiler with natural gas, insulation, new HVAC systems, more energy efficient lighting, windows, fans, evaporators, refrigeration, etc.  

Eligible Grant and Loan Guarantee Purposes:

  • Post-application purchase and installation of equipment
  • Post-application construction or project improvements, except residential
  • Energy audits or assessments
  • Permit and license fees
  • Professional service fees, except for application preparation
  • Feasibility studies and technical reports
  • Business plans
  • Retrofitting
  • Construction of a new energy-efficient building only when the facility is used for the same purpose; is approximately the same size; and based on the energy audit, will provide more energy savings than improving an existing facility
  • Working Capital (Guaranteed Loan Only)
  • Land Acquisition (Guaranteed Loan Only)
Ineligible Grant Purposes:
  • Purchase land
  • Provide working capital
  • Research and development
  • Residential improvements
  • Vehicles

Who Is Eligible?

Agricultural producers whereby 50 percent or greater of their gross income is derived from the agricultural operations or a small business as defined by the Small Business Administration (SBA) size standards. 


Other Criteria:

Grant and Guaranteed
Loan Amounts:

Grants can be no more than 25% of the total eligible project cost. Grants for Renewable Energy Systems have a minimum of $2,500 and a maximum limit of $500,000. Grants for Energy Efficiency Improvements have a minimum of $1,500 and a maximum of $250,000.   

Guaranteed Loans can be up to 75% of the total eligible project cost. If applying for a combination grant and guaranteed loan, Rural Development can provide up to 50% of the guaranteed loan.  The maximum allowable funding for REAP is $25,000,000.