USDA hosts Rural Energy for America Grant workshop

USDA, Rural Development offers agricultural producers and rural small businesses in South Carolina the opportunity to reduce their energy consumption with the assistance of the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). REAP grants can pay for up to 25% of the cost of doing energy efficiency improvements to a facility, building, or a process within the agricultural operation. The maximum grant amount for an energy efficiency project is $250,000 and the minimum grant is $1,500. Renewable energy grants are available for the purchase, installation and construction of renewable energy systems such as biomass, solar, wind, geothermal, hydropower, hydrogen and ocean generation. The maximum grant amount for a renewable energy project is $500,000 and a minimum grant is $2,500. Applications can be filed at any time, but the awardees are not usually selected until September.

RD will be holding workshops at the site listed below to discuss the REAP and to provide application assistance.

Date: March 10, 2015

Time: 9:00 a.m. until 12 p.m.

Location: York Tech Chester Center, Room 209, 525 College Place Chester, SC 29706

Contact: To confirm your attendance, contact Laura Siple by telephone: (843) 669-9686 or by email: For more information, visit our website:

Author: Duane Childers

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