Up to $10 million is available to help residents of rural towns develop community renewable energy projects that will reduce their energy costs, said the USDA on Wednesday. Rural Energy Pilot Program funding will be directed at communities historically underserved.
“USDA is providing grant assistance for people who live in particularly underserved rural towns to help them cut their household energy costs and address climate change at the local level,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “The new program we’re announcing today will pilot the viability of community-scale renewable energy investments to mitigate the energy-burdened circumstances of particularly disadvantaged rural communities.”
According to the USDA, funds are available for solar, wind, micro-hydroelectric and biomass/bioenergy technologies.
“Priority points” will be given to projects that help communities recover from the pandemic, advance equity, and combat climate change.
The USDA must receive a letter of intent from applicants by April 19.
Source: Successful Farming