The Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (the Farm Bill) established the Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Program under Title IX, Section 9006. This program currently funds grants and loan guarantees to agricultural producers and rural small business for assistance with purchasing renewable energy systems and making energy efficiency improvements.
On this site you will find information on the Section 9006 grant and guaranteed loan programs including details on project and applicant eligibility, application procedures, required forms and other useful information to assist you in the application process. For full information on the program, please refer to the program rule, 7 CFR Part 4280.
NEWS: March 6, 2008 - Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Program Federal Register Announcement - USDA published a notice in the announcing it is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2008 to purchase renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements for agriculture producers and rural small businesses in eligible rural areas. Funding will be available in the form of grants, guaranteed loans, and combined guaranteed loans and grant applications. For FY 2008 there is approximately $15.8 million in funding for competitive grants and $204.9 million in authority for guaranteed loans. This Notice of Funds Availability can be downloaded here.
Renewable energy is an essential answer to depletion of resources, air pollution, & global warming. There is no single solution, however. Conservation & life style change are also essential. Visit the Pollution-Free Planet Foundation ( http://pfp100.us )Bill Chase
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