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Rural Energy for America Program (R.E.A.P.) Renewable Energy System and Energy Efficiency will be taking in applications for new grants.

Rural Energy of America Program (REAP) gives grants for energy efficiency
Rural Energy of America Program (REAP) gives grants for energy efficiency(Valeria Fugate)
Published: Jul. 28, 2021 at 7:07 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - If you have a small rural business or are looking to become more energy-efficient, you may be eligible for a new grant.

The USDA Rural Energy for America Program’s renewable energy systems & energy efficiency or REAP will be taking in applications for new grants.

The twice-yearly cycle of applications for grants of $20,000 or less and loan grants of $20,000 or less are now open and due by Nov. 1, 2021, and March 31, 2022.

Applicants must be from rural areas with a population of 50 thousand or fewer people.

These funds are to help small businesses or Agro-business to improve their energy efficiency and environmental footprint.

REAP also works with the Wyoming Energy Authority to assess energy usage, to give recommendations on the best tools for efficiency.

REAP can also act as a loan guarantor to secure greater capital for larger improvement projects.

“We get this money nationally and when we don’t use it for Wyoming businesses and AG-producers, it goes back to the national office and other states. So it’s important for us to use the money we’re given for our Wyoming businesses,” said Natalie Macsalka, Rural Development’s Business Program Specialist.

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