Federal government increases solar grants for farms, small businesses

Solar panels for electricity generation covering the roof of a barn


Funding for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) has quadrupled to more than $2 billion through 2031. Farmers and small businesses are eligible for additional and larger grants to become more energy independent.

“Funds are anticipated to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects for more than 41,500 farms and small businesses,” says Bobby King, Minnesota state director for nonprofit Solar United Neighbors, headquartered in Washington, D.C. “It also ensures the benefits of our transition to renewable energy are shared with rural communities.”

The expansion of REAP means solar projects are eligible for grants to cover up to 50% of the cost of installing a system to help farmers and small businesses power their operations with the sun.

There are four application cycles a year, up from two, and…

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