View Webinar Recording on Using REAP Grants to Fund on-Farm Energy Improvements

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Solar panels at Ten Mothers Farm

Solar panels at Ten Mothers Farm paid for with the help of REAP grant funds. The solar panels provide 100% of the farm’s electricity. Photo by Gordon Jenkins.

The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension conducted a webinar on Using REAP Grants to Fund Energy Improvements On Your Farm in mid-March for 200 farmers from 53 counties and five states. The webinar featured several expert speakers who each gave a presentation and answered questions.

The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) provides grants and guaranteed loan financing to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements.

REAP funds may be used for the purchase and installation of renewable energy systems, such as solar generation, wind generation, geothermal, and biomass/biogas. Funds may also be used for the purchase, installation, and construction of energy efficiency improvements, such as high efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC), insulation, lighting, cooling or refrigeration units, doors and windows, electric, solar or gravity pumps for sprinkler pivots, switching from a diesel to electric irrigation motor, and replacement of energy-inefficient equipment.

View the webinar recording.

What is REAP and How Does it Benefit My Farm?
Art Samberg, NC Clean Energy Technology Center, NC State University
Download speaker presentation.

Energy Efficiency Audits: Save Energy by Using Less of It!
Kimberly Van Niekerk, Waste Reduction Partners
Download speaker presentation.

Renewable Energy Projects for My Farm
Art Samberg, NC Clean Energy Technology Center, NC State University
Download speaker presentation.

REAP Funding Application Support and Tax Incentives Combine to Help Farmers Fund Energy Improvements
Randy Lucas, Lucas Tax + Energy Consulting
Download speaker presentation.

How REAP Helped Fund Solar Panels for Our Farm
Gordon Jenkins, Ten Mothers Farm
Download speaker presentation.


NC Clean Energy Technology Center

Waste Reduction Partners

Lucas Tax + Energy Consulting

Ten Mothers Farm

Energy Community Tax Credit Bonus

Energy Funds for All

USDA Contacts:

Bill Tew
Business Programs Specialist
Rural Development – USDA
Sanford, NC

Jenny Taylor
Loan Specialist
Rural Development – USDA
Raleigh, NC

Written By

Debbie Roos, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDebbie RoosExtension Agent, Agriculture - Sustainable / Organic Production Call Debbie Email Debbie N.C. Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center
Updated on May 2, 2024
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