Renewable Energy for Agriculture Program (REAP)

Authorized with the passage of Assembly Bill 109 (Ting, Budget Act of 2017, Chapter 249, Statutes of 2017) and Senate Bill 856 (Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, Chapter 30, Statutes of 2018), REAP will provide $10 million from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) to support onsite renewable energy projects in the agriculture sector to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As a program funded through California Climate Investments, REAP is designed with the primary goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, through projects that serve local communities, benefit public health and reduce air pollution.

All applications must include at least one onsite renewable energy technology listed below:
  • solar photovoltaic (PV) systems
  • wind turbines
Funding can be used for the following optional addition of related equipment, provided it is directly connected to the installed onsite renewable energy technology:
  • battery energy storage
  • agriculture pump replacement (conversion of fossil fuel pump to electric pump)
  • electric vehicle or equipment charging for vehicles/tractors/equipment used in the agricultural operation. Grid electricity may also serve the charging station but fossil fuel generators may not serve the charging station.
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This solicitation makes available $5.7 million for grant awards. Applications requesting funding must request a minimum of $25,000 and may request a maximum of $300,000 per application.

The maximum award amount will be increased to $350,000 for projects that include the installation of a new electric vehicle or agricultural equipment charger paired with the newly installed onsite renewable energy technology.

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The REAP will fund the installation of onsite renewable energy technologies and related equipment serving agricultural operations and support achieving the state’s long term GHG emissions reduction goals.
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