Renewables and efficiency grants

Renewables and efficiency grants


n USDA announces $23 million in renewable grant program

By Hans Detweiler

Advocate for Environmental Law and Policy Center

The USDA recently announced the guidelines for its $23 million Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements grant program. This is the first year of funding per the Section 9006 of the 2002 Farm Bill (it’s to be $23 million per year for 2003 through 2007).

The program allows for direct grants of $10,000 to $500,000 for renewable energy systems, and $10,000 to $250,000 for energy efficiency improvements.

Farmers, ranchers, and rural small businesses are eligible applicants. The deadline for application is June 6, so it’s definitely a case of early bird gets the worm.

A brief ELPC summary of the program is below, and full guidelines are available at With further questions on the program, please contact Faith Bugel at ELPC or at

Hans Detweiler is a Policy Advocate for the Environmental Law and Policy Center. For information, contact Hans Detweiler, Environmental Law & Policy Center, 35 E. Wacker, Suite 1300, Chicago, IL 60601 312-795-3720; 312-795-3730 (fax);;;

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