Implementation Cost-Share Program
Energy-cost saving opportunities identified in the audit report or in the renewable energy feasibility study are eligible for the cost-share program. Participants will also be encouraged to explore additional cost-share and grant programs for which they may be eligible and that may offset implementation costs. For example, EQIP eligible agricultural producers will be encouraged to participate in the NRCS cost-share program to assist in partially funding specific energy efficiency improvements. Similarly, program participants will be informed of additional cost-share and grant opportunities offered through the USDA Rural Development’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Any similar programs offered by utilities or other agencies will also be explored to most efficiently leverage and extend program funds.
Recognizing that significant energy cost savings can be generated by understanding what to pay attention to in a particular production environment, this project proposes to incentivize participation in the educational sessions by offering an opportunity to increase the cost-share percentage. Individuals that choose to participate in at least one (1) educational program (e.g., online, in-person workshops, via mail correspondence, etc.) and complete a brief assessment will be eligible to increase their cost-share from 25% to 50%, up to $5,000 or the balance remaining in their allocation. Individuals that do not wish to participate in the educational component are eligible for a 25% cost-share, up to $5,000 or the balance remaining in their allocation. In no case will the program subsidize the entire cost of the implementation plan or renewable energy study.