NOTE: The most recent solicitation for this program closed July 6, 2021. Please check the program website for information on future solicitations.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers an ongoing grant program for the improvement of energy generation, transmission, and distribution facilities in rural communities. This program began in 2000. Eligibility is limited to projects in communities that have average home energy costs at least 275% above the national average. Retail power suppliers serving rural areas are eligible to apply for grant funding, including non-profits (cooperatives and limited dividend or mutual associations), commercial entities, state and local governments entities, and tribal governments. Under the most recent solicitation for projects, a total of $7 million was available for qualifying projects. Under this solicitation grants ranging from $100,000 to $3 million were available for a variety of activities, including:
This grant program is not limited to renewable energy or energy conservation and efficiency measures, but these measures are eligible for this grant program.
|Incentive Type:||Grant Program|
|Administrator:||USDA Rural Utilities Service|
|Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:||
|Maximum Incentive:||$3 million|
|Installation Requirements:||Both grid-connected and off-grid renewable energy installations are eligible|
|Name:||7 CFR 1709|
|Name:||High Energy Cost Grants Program|
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This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.
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