The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) formerly Section 9006, is part of the Energy Title of the 2008 Farm Bill. It was formulated to assist agricultural producers and rural small businesses in purchasing renewable energy systems, make energy efficiency improvements and perform renewable energy feasibility studies.
REAP offers assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for a variety of projects. It also:
- Offers loan guarantees
- Offers grants
- Helps eligible applicants install renewable energy systems such as solar panels or anaerobic digesters
- Helps eligible applicants make energy efficiency improvements
The program is comprised of:
- The Renewable Energy System and Energy Efficiency Improvement Guaranteed Loan and Grant Program
- The Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grant Program
- The Feasibility Studies Grant Program
The minimum guaranteed loan amount is $5,000 and the maximum loan guarantee is $25 million – covering up to 75% of eligible project costs and up to 85% of the loan amount for loans under $600,000.
Sequestered funds from government reduced by 8.3%. 1603 grant is now at 1603 tax credit