Funding Energy Projects for Farmers
For farmers in our region, we offer free guidance, professional connections, and application assistance for the following programs that provide cost-share funding for energy projects. Since 2008, we have helped 60+ WNC farmers secure grant funding for their energy projects. Through our over-the-phone consultations or site visits, we can help realize your farm's energy goals on your terms and connect you with the resources and people to make them happen.
WNC energyCAP AgEnergy Grants (funded by the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission)
For farmers in our 30 counties/units of Western North Carolina counties, 25% cost-share grants for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, including greenhouse insulation, product cooling, solar wells. Can be stacked with USDA-REAP's 25% cost-share grants on qualifying projects. Project costs must exceed $2,000.
Next application deadline:
ROLLING APPLICATION (2-week turnaround between application submission and notification of award)
REAP - Rural Energy for America Program
For farms or entities in all counties engaged in agricultural production where primary income is derived from agricultural production, 25% cost-share grants for renewable energy systems and energy efficiency measures. Project minimum: $6,000 for energy efficiency projects and $10,000 for renewable energy projects.
Application deadline: April 1st, October 31st
EQIP - Environmental Quality Incentives Program
Paid energy audits for all farm types, and cost-share contracts for specific energy efficiency measures identified in an audit, such as insulation, radiant brooders, lighting upgrades, typically restricted to commercial-scale poultry and tobacco farms. Applies only to existing farm infrastructure, typically 75% of the value of project costs. No funding is available for renewable energy.
Application deadline: October
REAP and EQIP funding can only be stacked if the award goes toward the costs of different pieces of the same project. REAP or EQIP may be stacked with WNC energyCAP AgEnergy Grants.