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03-05-13 USDA Encourages Applicants to Begin Process for Renewable Energy Audits and Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grant Program…

Posted by Brian Allmer on March 5, 2013

USDA Rural Development LogoDENVER, CO – March 5, 2013 –USDA is encouraging interested entities that will assist agriculture producers and small rural businesses by conducting energy audits and providing information on renewable energy development assistance to begin the application process.  Eligible entities for these grants include: State, tribal, local government or their instrumentalities, land grant colleges, universities and other institutions of higher learning, rural electric cooperatives and public power.

“While deadlines for Fiscal Year 2013 grant funding have not been announced, I encourage all potential applicants to begin the process now. Once the application window is announced, there may be a short turnaround time and we want to ensure all applicants have time to submit their project requests,” said April Dahlager, Colorado Business and Cooperative Programs Director, USDA Rural Development.

Funding for this and all our Rural Energy for America Programs (REAP) will be announced through a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), however interested applicants should visithttp://www.rurdev.usda.gov/BCP_Reap.html for eligibility and technology requirements.

     USDA, through its Rural Development’s programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers, and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.  For further information on REAP programs in Colorado contact Janice Pond, Energy Coordinator, (720) 544-2907, janice.pond@co.usda.gov or visit our web site athttp://www.rurdev.usda.gov/co.

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