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Agricultural Operations Can Apply for Renewable Energy Funds



Agriculture is a sector that plays an important role in California’s economy. It is also one vulnerable to climate change and a greenhouse gas contributor.

The California Energy Commission is implementing the Renewable Energy for Agriculture Program (REAP), which will fund emissions-eliminating projects in the agricultural sector that reduce air pollution.

Nearly $10 million in funds is available for renewable energy technology that shows a net greenhouse gas reduction benefit. The money can be used for equipment, installation costs from third-party licensed contractors, and site preparation. Applications are due March 5.

A goal of the program is funding projects in disadvantaged communities. Program participants are expected to benefit from reduced utility bills and insulation from rate increases.

Energy Commission staff are holding three pre-application workshops in late January to discuss the solicitation with potential applicants. Applicants can attend the workshops in person or remotely.

Details about the workshops are here. The dates and locations are:

• January 24, 2019, 1:00 p.m.
California Energy Commission
1516 9th Street
Sacramento, CA

• January 28, 2019, 1:00 p.m.
San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District
1990 E. Gettysburg Ave
Fresno, CA

• January 30, 2019, 2:00 p.m.
Imperial Valley Vegetable Growers Association
485 Business Park Way
Imperial, CA

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