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Applications open for REAP Feasibility Grants


August 30, 2010
By Manure Manager

August 26, 2010 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently
announced the opening of the application period for proposals to
conduct feasibility studies on prospective renewable energy systems,
including anaerobic digesters, under the Rural Energy for America
Program (REAP).

August 26, 2010 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced the opening of the application period for proposals to conduct feasibility studies on prospective renewable energy systems, including anaerobic digesters, under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).

Agriculture producers and rural small businesses may apply for a REAP feasibility study grant to help pay for the cost of a comprehensive business-level study that gathers together preliminary data and studies, evaluates the findings, and determines whether the proposed energy project is viable and profitable. The study must be conducted by an independent third party and the grant may not be used to pay for facility design work or permitting/licensing costs.

Assistance is limited to $50,000 or 25 percent of the cost of the study, whichever is less. Approximately $3 million is available to be awarded this year. More details are available in the August 6, 2010 Federal Register.

Application materials may be obtained from local USDA Rural Development Energy coordinators or from www.grants.gov (keyword search: REAP).

Applications are due by October 5, 2010.


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