Rural Energy for America Program Grant Awards Announced by USDA
USDA has announced 58 grants for projects in 17 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Recipients can use REAP funding for energy audits and renewable energy systems such as biomass, geothermal, hydropower, and solar. They also can be used to make energy efficiency improvements to heating, ventilation, and cooling systems; for insulation; and to improve lighting and refrigeration. Congress appropriated $50 million for REAP grants and loan guarantees in fiscal year 2019. USDA is investing $1 million in this round of renewable energy projects and says the department will make additional funding announcements in coming weeks.