Grant Spotlight: USDA Rural Energy for America Program

Small Towns
Click image to download

The Rural Energy for America Program provides loans and grants to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or energy efficiency improvements.

Eligible recipients

  • Agricultural producers
  • Small businesses in areas with populations of fewer than 50,000
  • Private for-profit entity
  • Tribal corporation or business
  • Electric utility 
  • Cooperative

Eligible Projects

Funds can be used for the purchase and installation of renewable energy systems and the construction of energy efficiency improvements such as:

  • Biomass: biodiesel and ethanol, anaerobic digesters, and solid fuels
  • Geothermal for electric generation
  • Hydropower below 30 megawatts
  • Hydrogen
  • Small and large wind generation
  • Small and large solar generation
  • Ocean (tidal, current, thermal) generation
  • High-efficiency heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems (HVAC)
  • Insulation
  • Lighting
  • Cooling or refrigeration units
  • Doors and windows
  • Electric, solar, or gravity pumps for sprinkler pivots
  • Switching from a diesel to electric irrigation motor
  • Replacement of energy-inefficient equipment