USDA Rural Development will be holding 14 energy grant workshops across rural Nevada beginning in late February. At the workshops, Energy coordinator Mark Williams will provide a brief overview of the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), a USDA grant and loan program that can pay up to 25 percent of the project costs to build a renewable energy system or improve energy efficiency.

Small rural businesses, farmers and ranchers are eligible to apply. The systems the grant can fund are either for renewable energy systems, like solar, hydro and wind power, or for systems that increase energy efficiency—such as variable speed drives for well pumps or new energy efficient lighting, heating or air conditioning systems. In addition, USDA RD offers a guaranteed loan for energy efficiency improvement or renewable energy projects. Rural Business owners who want to upgrade their HV AC systems, for example, may be able to save up to 25 percent of the project costs by pursuing a grant/loan combination. For more information contact Mark Williams at 775-887-1222 Ext. 116.

Yerington

Friday, Feb. 27, noon to 1:30 p.m.

USDA Service Center, Yerington

215 W. Bridge Street – 775-463-2855

Fernley

Monday, March 2, noon to 1:30 p.m.

Fernley City Hall Conference Room

595 Silver Lace Blvd. – 775-784-9800

Minden

Monday, March 2, 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Douglas County Library/Minden Branch

1625 Library Lane – 775-782-9841

Fallon

Tuesday, March 3, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Fallon Agricultural Center

111 Sheckler Road – 775-423-5124

Lovelock

Wednesday, March 4, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

USDA Service Center

110 American Boulevard – 775-273-2922

Winnemucca

Wednesday, March 4, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

USDA Service Center

1200 Winnemucca Blvd. E – 775-623-5025

Elko

Thursday, March 5, noon to 1:30 p.m.

USDA Service Center – 775-738-8468

Ely

Thursday, March 5, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

White Pine County Library

950 Campton St. – 775-293-6900

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $208 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.

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