For the past several years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has funded a the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). This program provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase or install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements. This program helps increase American energy independence by increasing the private sector supply of renewable energy and decreasing the demand for energy through energy efficiency improvements. Over time, these investments can also help lower the cost of energy costs for small businesses and agricultural producers.
K-State Engineering Extension can assist a limited number of small businesses with the energy assessment and grant application. Subject to available funding, the next grant application deadline would be April 30, 2016.