This program provides grants for energy audits and renewable energy development assistance (REDA) to eligible agricultural producers and rural small businesses. It helps promote American energy independence by increasing the private sector supply of renewable energy and decreasing the demand for energy through energy efficiency improvements. Over time, these investments can also help lower energy costs for small business and agricultural producers. Grantees assist rural small businesses and agricultural producers by conducting and promoting energy audits, and providing renewable energy development assistance (REDA).
The assistance must be provided to agricultural producers and rural small businesses. Rural small businesses must be located in eligible rural areas. This restriction does not apply to agricultural producers. Assistance provided must consist of:
- Energy audits
- Renewable energy technical assistance
- Renewable energy site assessments.
Eligible project costs may include:
- Salaries directly related to the project
- Travel expenses directly related to conducting energy audits or renewable energy development assistance
- Office supplies
- Administrative expenses, up to a maximum of 5% of the grant, which include but are not limited to utilities, office space, operation expenses of office and other project-related equipment.
- State and local governments
- Federally-recognized Tribes
- A land-grant college, university, or other Institutions of Higher Education
- Rural electric cooperatives
- Public power entities
- An Instrumentality of a state, tribal, or local government
- A Resource Conservation & Development Council (as defined in 16 USC §3451).
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