The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that it has allocated $60 million in 2010 energy grants for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Beginning in 2003, the program has each year offered grants and loans to farmers and other producers, tribal government entities, rural electricity cooperatives and public power utilities. The aim is to promote renewable energy and encourage economic activity in rural America.
Yesterday was the second of three scheduled information sessions to educate Massachusetts farmers about financial incentives that can help them afford solar installations and other renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Hosted by the Mass Farm Energy Program (MFEP), the sessions provide in-depth coverage of state and federal programs that can help your farm (or, for some incentives, rural small business) reduce energy costs.