Rural Energy for America Program

Solar houseGPCOG is funded through USDA Rural Development to provide free technical assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses in Maine on the “how to” of developing renewable energy projects (including solar, biomass, renewable biodiesel and others), and accessing federal funding detailed below.

USDA Rural Development’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) offers competitive grants for 25% of the total project costs of installing renewable energy systems (maximum of $500,000 per project). The next grant deadline is March 31, 2017.

USDA Rural Development also offers guaranteed loans for up to 75% of the total project cost. Loan amounts range from $5,000 to $25 million with 25% of project costs coming from other sources. Applications are accepted on an on-going basis throughout the year.

GPCOG with their partner, Community Energy Partners, is providing: (1) one-on-one free technical assistance; (2) educational workshops and presentations on renewable energy topics and REAP financing; and (3) utilizing available federal and state incentives and policies.

For more information on educational workshops, partnering with us on outreach, or to schedule a technical assistance appointment, contact Jennifer Brennan with GPCOG at 774-9891, extension 229.

For more information about this and other USDA Rural Development energy-related programs, contact Brian Wilson, Business and Cooperative Programs Specialist/State Energy Coordinator, USDA, Rural Development, 207-990-9125.