The USDA has released a funding source for farmers and rural small businesses that encourages them to adapt their facilities to conserve and produce renewable energy through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).

The program makes grants and low-interest loans available to farms and rural small businesses for the purchase and installation of renewable-energy systems and for making energy-efficiency improvements.

The competitive grants can be up to 25 percent of total eligible project costs. Grants range from $1,500 for energy-efficiency improvements up to $500,000 for renewable-energy systems.

Andy Hayes with Michigan State University Extension and Northern Lakes Economic Alliance explains more in Grants available for energy-efficiency systems and improvements.

Source: Michigan State University Extension