Rural small businesses and agricultural producers are encouraged to apply for loans and grants to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, according to Sam Rikkers, United States Department of Agriculture business-cooperative service administrator. “These projects create long-term, economic benefits for businesses and rural communities,” Rikkers said. “USDA’s funding helps promote U.S. energy independence and supports the production of home-grown energy sources. I encourage all eligible applicants to take advantage of this opportunity. These investments can help a small business cut costs, expand operations, hire more workers and provide a better service to the communities in which they operate.” USDA is accepting Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) applications for energy audit and renewable energy development assistance grants and renewable energy system and energy efficiency guaranteed loans and grants.
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