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New Funding for Sustainable Energy

Mountain Valleys RC&D has recently received a Rural Energy For America, Technical Assistance Grant (REAP TAG). This new grant allows WNC EnergyCAP to continue assisting farmers and small businesses owners at no-cost as they navigate funding options for energy efficiency improvement and renewable energy projects.

The USDA/REAP program can provide 50% for eligible energy projects. Coupled with possible other funding sources and favorable tax credits, financial assistance can be much higher. Right now is a great time to consider energy efficiency and renewable energy projects such as:


· Solar PV (water pumping, greenhouse fans, lighting, etc.)

· Solar hot water (pasteurization, processing, etc.)

· Renewable biomass or efficient greenhouse heating

· Lighting improvements

· Insulation

· Ventilation and fans

· Diesel-to-electric conversions

· Wood pellet heating

· Anaerobic digestion of manures

· Hydroelectric systems

· and more!


WNC EnergyCap can provide on-site evaluations and consultations, as well as advising on energy audits, application assistance, and locating contractors. To request assistance, please visit energycap.org and click on apply, or call Mountain Valley RC&D office at 828-206-6159.



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