Energy Grants & Loans

Grants and loans are available to greenhouse growers to make energy-saving investments.  Below is information on some of those grant and loan programs.  If you have any questions or for more information, please contact the program directly.

Current or Recent Grant & Loan Opportunities

Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) offers grants, guaranteed loans, and combined grants and guaranteed loans for the development and construction of renewable energy systems and for energy efficiency improvement projects. Agricultural producer projects are not required to be located in rural areas.  Grants can cover up to 25% of total eligible costs while guaranteed loans can cover up to 75% of total costs.  Renewable Energy Projects have a minimum grant request of $2,500 and a maximum of $500,000, while Energy Efficiency Improvement Projects have a minimum grant request of $1,500 and maximum of $250,000.

There are now three grant application templates (click "Forms & Resources" for the templates):
   - Total project costs of $80,000 or less
   - Total project costs of $80,001 to $200,000
   - Total project costs of greater than $200,000

Application Due Dates:

  • October 31, 2016: Applications for projects with total project costs of $80,000 or less
  • May 1, 2017: Applications for projects with total project costs greater than $80,000
  • Loan Guarantees are competed continuously throughout the year.

More information about this program can be found on this December 29, 2014 notice.  You can also contact your state USDA Rural Development Office or in Michigan, call the USDA Rural Development Business Programs Division in the East Lansing State Office at (517) 324-5157 for inquiries and more specific information.

Financial Incentives for Energy Efficiency from DSIRE (Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency).  Includes local, utility, state, and federal rebates, grants, and loans.

Resources for Grant & Loan Applications

  • REAP Application Resources and Templates sponsored by the Environmental Law & Policy Center.
  • Small Business P2 Loans by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.  Qualifying projects should eliminate or reduce waste at the business location (source reduction), result in environmentally sound reuse and recycling for the loan applicant's generated wastes, conserve energy or water on-site, or are a qualified agricultural energy production system.

Additional Resources & Links

  • Energy Tax Incentives for greenhouse growers, by Stephanie Burnett and Lois Berg Stack.  Reprinted from the April 2007 issue of Greenhouse Grower.