VeteranS & RURAL: Lesson 3

USDA REAP (Rural Energy for America Program)

Roe Hughes, an Area Specialist with USDA Rural Development in Tennessee, will be sharing a unique product called the Rural Energy for America Program or REAP. 


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Video Lesson Topics

- What is REAP?

REAP stands for the Rural Energy for America Program which is a 25% grant reimbursement to ag producers or business owners interested in renewable energy or energy efficiency improvements to their operations. In West Tennessee most of the renewable energy sources discussed are solar and boilers that can make your business more energy efficient. 

- Energy Efficiency Improvement Program

Energy Efficiency Improvement Program is for business owners in an existing facility that want to make upgrades or improvements to cut down on energy costs. Popular items that achieve this goal are converting to LED lighting, HVA system replacement, and window replacement to lower your utility bill as a business owner. 

- Grant Information

The REAP grant is for existing applicants that all the money must be spent upfront and out-of-pocket by you the business owner /ag producer and then you can be reimbursed the 25% of total eligible project costs. REAP grants can range from small to quite large. 

Energy Efficiency Improvement grants range from $1,500 – $250,000. 

For more information see your local USDA Rural Development Office or visit them online at:

Topics & Lessons

Each Below Topic Contains a Video Lesson and Helpful Downloadable Information


VetBiz Certification / VOSB


Hiring Veterans


USDA REAP (Rural Energy for America Program)


USDA B&I Loans




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