Rural Energy For America Program (REAP)
Farm owners and operators, Ag producers and suppliers benefit from grants, low interest loans and both federal and state subsidies to operate efficiently. USDA REAP Grant and Loan Program gives money to support lowering electricity and gas bills on farms across rural America to finance the American Dream. In 2023, the REAP grant received additional funding. The maximum grant size was increased from $250,000 to $500,000 for energy efficiency projects and from $500,000 to $1 million for renewable energy systems. The grant now covers up to 50% of solar installation costs.
Below is a compilation of reproducible case studies from Ag operators across the country. .
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• Palmer Creek Farming Company received $3,604 from REAP Funding to purchase and install an irrigation pump, resulting in 42,539,174 BTUs of electricity saved per year and utility bills reduced by $790 each year.
• Baca Float 3 LLC was awarded $245,750 from REAP funding to install ground-mounted solar arrays that will power 8 different sites with 100% power for well pumps, an irrigation system and a ranch office; it is estimated to save $5,488 yearly.
• Friday's Historic Inn II LLC used its REAP investment of $2,330 to fund the purchase and installation of ductless heat pumps; this enabled them to save $3,019 each year while replacing 47,738 kWh of energy per year.
• Vilas Home LLC was granted $124,999 from REAP to finance LED lighting installation as well as attic and wall insulation plus double glazed windows and ductless heat pumps; this resulted in a total savings of $7,797 yearly along with 233,514 kWh of energy being replaced annually.
• RBV Holding Co was endowed with a Rural Development investment amounting to$15,405 used to purchase and install energy efficiency measures
• Bullis Savage View Farm LLC received a Rural Development investment to install an anaerobic digester, which is expected to generate 1.2 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity annually and provide almost $250,000 in revenue while reducing methane and improving water-quality.
• William Keep was granted funding to install two energy-efficient well bowls, which are projected to save the agricultural producer $624.05 in electrical costs per year and replace 15,929 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity annually.
• Falls City Foods LLC was allocated money for LED lighting and refrigeration system improvement; these upgrades are expected to save the company $20,675.34 in electrical costs per year and replace 248,351 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity per year.
• Hoover's Dairy Inc was supported with funds for a grain dryer; this project is predicted to realize $7,132 in savings each year and substitute 103,648 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity annually.
• Richardson Rentals LLC received assistance from Rural Development for a Geothermal system installation; the system is expected to replace 172,619 kilowatt hours (kWh)
• Jon Ignaszewski received a Rural Development investment of $19,350 to purchase and install an energy efficient grain dryer near Wells, Minnesota. The project is expected to save the farm $12,445 in annual energy costs and replace 312,344 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity per year.
• Little Leaf Farms LLC was provided with a Rural Development investment of $39,152 to install energy efficient compressor upgrades and air dryers. The upgrades are projected to save the company $7,987 in electrical costs annually while replacing 142,372 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity per year.
• Clink's Inc., a rural small business, got a Rural Development investment of $70,200 for purchasing and installing Energy Efficient Refrigeration Systems at two grocery stores in Comanche and Hobart, Oklahoma. The project is anticipated to replace 155,929 kWh per year for a 54 percent energy savings for the small business.
• Thompson Appalachian Hardwoods Inc. received a Rural Development investment of $350,312 to purchase and install a wood-fired boiler plant for steam. This project will realize savings of $461,708 yearly while replacing 18,222,866 kWh (102 percent
• Baucom’s Nursery Company received $98,845 in Rural Development investment to purchase and install a boiler system, which is expected to save $51,926 a year and replace 3,866,256 kWh of electricity - enough to power 351 homes.
• Albertson Farms Inc. received $49,410 to purchase and install a grain dryer. This project is estimated to save $19,504 yearly and replace 237,781 kWh - enough electricity for 22 homes.
• Charles Edward Jones was given $20,000 for the purchase and installation of a 85-kW solar array. Estimated savings are at $18,269 per year and this will replace 133,353 kWh - enough electricity for 12 homes.
• Jason Borchardt received $19,861 for the purchase and installation of a 52-kW solar array. This project is expected to save $5,993 annually with 59,827 kWh replaced - enough energy for five homes.
• Richard Horace Boney was granted $31,284 for energy efficiency improvements with the purchase and installation of a center pivot irrigation system; projected savings are estimated at $2
• Let R Buck LLC received $38,350 from Rural Development which will be used to purchase and install a 89 kWh solar array - resulting in $11,410 in savings and replacing 134,244 kWh (78 percent energy savings) per year, enough to power 12 homes.
• New River Hardwoods Inc received $250,000 for energy efficiency improvements with the purchase and installation of a biomass boiler - yielding $467,006 in savings and replacing 10,631 kWh per year, enough electricity to power one home.
• Randy Mikshowsky was granted $11,718 to purchase and install a 22kW solar array - yielding $3,987 in savings and replacing 30,913 kWh (33 percent) per year, enough to power two homes.
• Goede Acres LLC received $11,266 to purchase and install a 22kW solar array - yielding $3,528 in savings and replacing 29,159 kilowatt hours (kWh) (77 percent) per year.
• Carey Farms LLC was given $16576 to aid with the purchase of an energy efficient grain dryer - resulting in an annual savings of $155440; it will replace
• Moore Fans LLC received $67,866 to install a 125 kW solar array, which is expected to save $12,941 annually and replace 173,398 kWh (11% of the company's energy use) per year; enough to power 16 homes.
• Crystal Heating & Cooling Service Inc. received $20,000 to install a 63 kW and 17 kW solar array which is expected to save $9,643 annually and replace 102,693 kWh (93% of the companies energy use) per year; enough to power nine homes.
• Andrew K. Mundt received $20,000 to purchase and install a 37.5 kW solar array near Utica, Minnesota; savings of $3,344 annually with 75,764 kWh replaced per year; enough electricity for six homes.
• Kyle Lancaster DBA Lancaster Poultry received $28,488 for energy efficiency improvements on three broiler houses in Webster County; savings of $21,706.69 annually with 366,073 kWh replaced per year; enough electricity for 33.7 homes.
• Creekland Farms Inc received $59575 for an energy efficient grain dryer; savings of $9104 annually with 227306 kWh replaced per year
• Stephen J. Hager was granted an investment of $84,542 to purchase and install an energy efficient grain dryer. This project is estimated to save $24,836.63 a year and replace 449,182 kWh (38.99%) of electricity per year - enough to power 41.4 homes.
• Biotown Biogas LLC received $249,999 to help the newly-formed company collect and clean methane gas from dairy waste for sale into the transportation market.
• Anita Rokey was given $66,620 to purchase and install a 129 kW ground mounted solar array. The project is expected to save 194,147 kWh per year (enough to power 19 homes) and helps employ three full-time workers and six part-time workers.
• Norwich Fresh Market LLC was granted $9,808 to buy new refrigeration equipment. The project will save 39,292 kWh per year (29.61% of their energy usage) - enough electricity for three households - and employs six people in total.
• Carl Smith was allocated $93,799 for a grain dryer which will save him $31,373 annually and replace 1,508
Philip Walters $75,000 This Rural Development investment will be used to help grain farmer Philip Walters purchase and install an energy efficient grain dryer in Hebron, Illinois. This project is anticipated to save more than $52,300 per year in annual energy costs by replacing 1,113,301 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity per year, which is enough energy to power 102 homes.
• Cole Robert Olson received $20,000 to purchase and install an energy efficient electric irrigation motor in Ohio, Illinois; this is expected to save the farm more than $4,300 annually and replace 110,898 kWh per year.
• Loveland Inc. received $37,011 to install energy efficiency improvements; these improvements are anticipated to save $7,963 per year with a 26.7 percent reduction from energy consumption and 34,133 kWh of electricity and 2,322 gallons of propane annually (enough energy for three homes).
• Hidden Valley Organics LLC received $11,860 to purchase and install a 100 kW solar array; this project will save them $19,338 annually with a replacement of 260,000 kWh per year (enough to power 24 homes).
• Weber Brothers Dairy Inc. received $20,000 to install an 86 kW solar array that will generate and replace 85,623 kWh per year (100 percent of previous business use); this project is estimated to save them $10,550 yearly.
• Crowe Farms Inc. received $48,232 which will be used to install a grain dryer; this new dryer will save the farm over one million BTU and
• Grober Dairy LLC: An investment of $18,000 was made to assist in the installation of a grain drying system which is expected to save $6,455 a year and replace 134,591 kilowatt hours (kWh) annually - enough power for 12 homes.
• Russell Schneider: An investment of $9,721 was made to purchase and install an energy efficient grain dryer; resulting in an annual energy savings of $5,100 and replacing 92,899 kWh annually - enough for 8 homes.
• Schweitzer Farms LLP: An investment of $16,320 was made to purchase and install an energy efficient grain dryer; projected savings of over $10,700 a year with 239,177 kWh replacement- enough for 22 homes.
• Trevor J. Roche: A Rural Development investment of $43,548 will allow the purchase and installation of a Solar Thermal radiant floor heating system; estimated savings of $17,419.40 with 174,194 kWh replacement - equivalent to 16 home's electricity needs.
• JP Fitzgerald DBA Precision Dairy Equipment: An investment of $20,000 was used to install a 52 kW solar array at their dairy supply business; anticipated savings of $8,965 per year in savings and will generate and replace 67,614 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year (107 percent of previous use
• R.J. Watson Inc. $20,000 This Rural Development investment will be used to purchase and install a geothermal heating and cooling system. R.J. Watson Inc. is a metal bearings manufacturer located in Alden, New York.
• East Branch RNG LLC received $249,900 in Rural Development investment to purchase and install a biogas plant utilizing manure from Carsada Dairy to produce 127,929 metric million British Thermal units (MMBtu) of clean gas per year.
• Doreen Laveau received $20,000 in Rural Development investment to purchase and install a 74 kilowatt (kW) solar array near Wrenshall, Minnesota. The project is expected to save the business $12,136 in annual energy costs by replacing 101,970 kilowatt hours (kWh).
• Randy Drinkall received $15,000 in Rural Development investment to purchase and install a 28 kilowatt (kW) solar array near Rushford, Minnesota. This project is expected to save the farm $4,308 in annual energy costs by replacing 38,774 kWh of electricity per year.
• Half Dutch Farm LLC received $13,768 for the purchase and installation of a 15 kilowatt (kW) wind turbine near Clifton Springs, New York. The system is estimated to produce 32,378 kWh per year.