Cartwright Promotes USDA Program Seeking Applicants for Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvement
Scranton, PA– U.S. Congressman Matt Cartwright is pleased to announce that the USDA is inviting applications for loan guarantees and grants for Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvement Projects. These loan guarantees and grants are part of USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which was created under the 2008 Farm Bill and reauthorized under the 2014 Farm Bill. This notice seeks applications for FY 2018 funding. The deadline to apply for grants is April 30, 2018.
“Programs like REAP can help our agricultural producers and small businesses upgrade and innovate in ways that will help them cut costs and reduce their carbon footprint,” Rep. Cartwright said. “Too often, small businesses do not have access to the resources necessary for such purchases, and the loans and grants provided through the USDA can help make these changes possible.”
The USDA REAP 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 help lower energy costs for small businesses and agricultural producers. Eligible systems may derive energy from wind, solar, hydro-electric, ocean, hydrogen, geothermal or renewable biomass.