Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Loans & Grants

USDA Rural Development is seeking applications for its Rural Energy for America Program. The program provides grants and guaranteed loans to farmers and small businesses to support the installation of renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements. Applicants may apply for grants up to 25% of the total project costs. Energy efficiency grants can range from $1,500 to $250,000 while renewable energy grants range from $2,500 to $500,000. Examples of former projects include, but are not limited to, the installation of:
  • wood pellet boilers
  • solar panels
  • insulation
  • led lighting
  • milk chillers
  • reverse osmosis machines
Funding Entity: 
Award Amount: 

Renewable Energy System Grants:
$2,500 minimum
$500,000 maximum
Energy Efficiency Grants:
$1,500 minimum
$250,000 maximum

Maximum Award Amount: 
Application Due Date: 
Implementing Sector
Implementing Sector: 
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
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Additional Eligibility Information: 
Agricultural producers with at least 50% of gross income coming from agricultural operations, and Small businesses in eligible rural areas. NOTE: Agricultural producers and small businesses must have no outstanding delinquent federal taxes, debt, judgment or debarment. What is an eligible area? Businesses must be in an area other than a city or town with a population of greater than 50,000 inhabitants and the urbanized area of that city or town. Check eligible business addresses. Agricultural producers may be in rural or non-rural areas.