Shannon Legree, Energy Coordinator, (803) 253 – 3150; Shannon.Legree@sc.usda.gov
Eva L. Franklin, Business & Cooperative Specialist, (843) 549 – 1822, extension, 131; Eva.Franklin@sc.usda.gov
Kingstree, SC – United States Department of Agriculture (USDA, Rural Development (RD) is offering agricultural producers and rural small businesses in South Carolina the opportunity to reduce their energy consumption with the assistance of the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). REAP grants can pay up to 25% of the cost of completing energy efficiency improvements to a facility, building, or a process within the agricultural operation. The maximum grant amount for an energy efficiency project is $250,000 and the minimum grant is $1,500. Renewable energy grants are available for a system that produces or produces/delivers usable energy from sources such as a renewable energy source, with a maximum grant of $500,000 and a minimum grant of $2,500.
Funds may be used for renewable energy systems such as solar or wind generation, as well as for energy efficiency improvements such as HVAC systems, insulation, lighting, cooling or refrigeration units, doors and windows, etc. See http://www.rd.usda.gov for more details.
Applications can be filed at any time; however, the next application deadline for funding consideration is March 31, 2017.