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Rural Energy for America Program Webinar on Monday, 3/10!

March 6, 2014

Please join us to learn more about the 2014 Rural Development REAP Funding Cycle, as well as example project ideas.Farm Solar Array

Ron Omann, the State Energy/Environmental Coordinator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development will review any key changes to the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), eligibility to seek funds, filling out the application, and how projects are scored. Fritz Ebinger, the Energy Program Manager of The Minnesota Project, a partner of the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs), will provide several energy efficiency and renewable energy project ideas that have been implemented at small businesses and farms in rural Minnesota. These projects have either received REAP funding or would be good candidates to receive REAP funds.

Please REGISTER here (cost $0):   https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/494666782.

As a reminder, REAP is applicable to small businesses and farmers located in communities with populations less than 50,000. While businesses and farms located in Rochester, Duluth, Mankato, St. Cloud, and the core of the Twin Cities wouldn’t be eligible, nearly the entire rest of the state is eligible (including many Metro suburbs and exurbs). To see a map of “rural ineligibility”, visit:http://eligibility.sc.egov.usda.gov/eligibility/welcomeAction.doThen, click on Business Program in the left menu, then click on the top “Click Here for the following programs:” (because it is the header for REAP), then click Accept on the Property Eligibility Disclaimer. You’ll be routed to a map where you can enter an exact address to see clearly whether it sits in an ineligible area for REAP.

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