USDA Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvement Program

Type: 
Funding
Organization: 
USDA
Description: 

Applications are accepted year round. Provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements. Businesses must be in an area other than a city or town with a population of greater than 50,000 inhabitants and the urbanized area of that city or town. Check eligible business addresses. Agricultural producers may be in rural or non-rural areas.

Funds may be used for renewable energy systems, such as:

  • Biomass (for example: biodiesel and ethanol, anaerobic digesters, and solid fuels)
  • Geothermal for electric generation or direct use
  • Hydropower below 30 megawatts
  • Hydrogen
  • Small and large wind generation
  • Small and large solar generation
  • Ocean (tidal, current, thermal) generation
Category: 
Renewable energy, Agriculture, small businesses
Funding Amount: 
$1,500-$500,000
Matching Funds: 
Yes
Eligibility: 
Eligibility includes Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)