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.
NEW in 2017!
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: October 31st, 2017
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.
Next application deadlines: October 31st, 2017
TVA Energy for Farms Grants
For farmers in qualifying counties, quick application for 75% cost-share grants for small renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, including greenhouse insulation, product cooling, and solar wells. Maximum award: $6,000.
Application deadline: Most funds have been committed, but new applicants will be put in a "backup" classification in the event that a funded project does not complete their project. All projects must be complete and funds disbursed by October 30th, 2017.
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.
Next application deadline: September/October 2017
WNC energyCAP Small Farm Energy Grants and TVA funding cannot be stacked together. 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 Small Farm Energy Grants.
For information on additional financial incentives for on-farm energy projects, go here. (Under Construction)