Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Program

To create a program to make direct loans, loan guarantees, and grants to agricultural producers (farmers and ranchers) and rural small businesses to help reduce energy costs and consumption and help meet the nation's critical energy needs.

Examples of Funded Projects

(1) a $20,000 grant for the purchase and installation of a small solar system.

(2) a $224,000 grant for the purchase of a large wind turbine.

(3) a $50,000 grant to make energy efficiency improvements to an existing facility.

(4) a $171,386 grant for an anaerobic digester.

(5) a $10 million guaranteed loan for the purchase and installation of a biomass electric generation facility.

Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

Office - The NOFA that was published in the Federal Register on March 6, 2008, provides the names, addresses and phone numbers of the contacts for each State.