The USDA announced additional funding for the Rural Energy for America Program or REAP for short. Previously, the program was expected to have around $21 million, with around $200,000 of that allocated to Arkansas; now the USDA has announced the program will have $60 million nationally, which means Arkansas should have more than $500,000 available to producers.
Farm Bureau is currently working with Bruce Everly, a grant writer from Indianapolis who specializes in Energy efficiency grants. Bruce’s company, Energy Improvement Matters, strives to be the low cost audit and grant provider. EIM charges $600 for the energy audit and grant writing services, plus 1 percent of the project if and only if you win the grant. More than 85 percent of EIM customers are awarded grants. For more information contact EIM at 317-228-0134.
Since 2010, Arkansas Farm Bureau has actively promoted energy efficiency grants to our members. The most popular program was REAP, where members have been awarded more than $1.3 million in grant funds.
What is REAP?
REAP provides a 25 percent cost share for implementing energy efficient or renewable energy projects on a farm. REAP can be used to cover virtually any energy upgrades on your operation:
- Power units (diesel or electric)
- Pivot renozzleing
- Replacing a well (bigger casing, new pump, power units, etc)
- Windmills, Solar Panels, and Biomass Generators
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