Program participants will be required to have an energy audit, or have one that is less than two-years old that satisfies ASABE S612 Farm Energy Audit Criteria (Completed by an NRCS Technical Service Provider), or ASHRAE Level II Energy Audit (completed by a Professional Engineer or Certified Energy Manager), as appropriate for entity type. Participants will be encouraged to use any complementary technical assistance programs for which they may be eligible and that may offset audit costs. For example, EQIP eligible agricultural producers will be encouraged to participate in the NRCS cost-share program to assist in farm energy audit expenses. Any similar programs offered by utilities or other agencies will also be explored to most efficiently leverage and extend program funds. However, if no complementary programs are available to offset the energy audit costs for an eligible participant the program will cover 100% of the costs of the energy audit using funds from the maximum $5,000 per participant allocation.