Farmers and rural small business owners could benefit from the US Department of Agriculture’s Rural Energy for America Program, or REAP.  Through the program funds have been made available to help develop renewable energy systems, make energy efficiency improvements and conduct studies to determine the feasibility of renewable energy systems.
USDA Undersecretary for Rural Development, Dallas Tonsager says a number of things qualify for REAP funding.

Audio: Dallas Tonsager

A recent rule clarification to REAP also means gas station owners can participate in the program.

Audio:  Dallas Tonsager 2

Under REAP, local businesses receive assistance to deploy wind, solar and other forms of renewable energy.
The deadlines for submitting completed REAP applications are June 15 and June 30, depending on the type of project to be funded.  For information on how to apply for assistance, contact your local USDA Rural Development office or see page 20943 of the April 14 Federal Register, http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/pdf/2011-8456.pdf.  A list of USDA offices is available at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/StateOfficeAddresses.html.