Renewables and efficiency grants

Renewables and efficiency grants

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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 www.rurdev.usda.gov/rd/nofas/2003/rep040803.txt. With further questions on the program, please contact Faith Bugel at ELPC or at fbugel@elpc.org.

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) Hdetweiler@ELPC.org; mailto:Hdetweiler@ELPC.org; www.elpc.org; http://www.elpc.org.

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