USDA Solar Grants for Businesses

Published June 15, 2015

LightWave Solar completed this 12kW system for Elam Farms in Morrison, TN.  They received a USDA grant this year.
LightWave Solar completed this 12kW system for Elam Farms in Morrison, TN. They received a USDA grant.

If you own a small rural business or if you own a farm, you are probably eligible for a USDA Rural Energy For America Program (REAP) grant. The grant covers 25% of the cost of going solar! Eligible applicants can apply as either a small rural business or agricultural producer.

Small Rural Business: Rural means your city or town has a population under 50,000 people (defined by the U.S. Bureau of the Census using the latest decennial census of the United States) and is not contiguous or adjacent to an urbanized area (must be outside metropolitan area). “Small business” depends on your business type, though the limits are fairly high and most businesses qualify as small.  You can view these SBA guidelines to determine your size: https://www.sba.gov/content/small-business-size-standards 

Or Agricultural Producer: You can qualify as an agricultural producer if you earn at least 50% of your income from farming.

Again, you can apply as either a small rural business or as an ag producer.

The state USDA office expects the next application deadline to be November 2, 2015.  The official application deadline and funding allocation will be announced in August 2015.

And don’t sweat the grant paperwork.  LightWave Solar makes the application process simple. Since 2009, we have helped over 50 business owners and farmers get a USDA grant to help pay for their solar systems (some of them even twice). Our grant application approval rate is 99%!

We will help determine your eligibility and provide a free preliminary estimate. Once you decide you want to build a project, we will assemble a winning application! Let’s get started today.

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