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USDA Energy Initiative Workshops

Energy Intiative graphicInvest in Efficiency with our Community & Economic Development Team — Business & Energy Programs

USDA Rural Development will be hosting two informational workshops in November to explain the Agency’s programs available under its Northwest Florida Regional Energy Initiative. The Initiative is being designed to provide technical and financial assistance to small businesses and agricultural producers.

Our funding team members will present business and energy programs that will provide new opportunities for future investments. This opportunity to learn from our state and regional experts will benefit anyone connected to business, community or economic development. Please make plans to attend our workshop and put our partners to work for you. This is a sponsored program with no registration fee.

The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) provides loan guarantees and grants to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy-efficiency improvements.

  • Renewable energy systems include those that generate energy from wind, solar, biomass, or that produce hydrogen from biomass or water using renewable energy.
  • Energy-efficiency projects typically involve installing or upgrading equipment to significantly reduce energy use.

We are inviting you to attend a workshop that will provide valuable information on the cost share and loan programs available to assist you and your business. The workshops will be held:

November 18, 2014              November 19, 2014

Jay Community Center                    Jackson County Agricultural Center
5259 Booker Lane                                3631 Highway 90
Jay, Florida 32565                                Marianna, Florida 32446
12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.                         9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
A free lunch will be provided            A continental breakfast will be provided.

Escambia River Electric Cooperative, West Florida Electric Cooperative, and Talquin Electric Cooperative are assisting in and sponsoring the workshops.

RSVP by November 14.  To register, complete the appropriate form for the location you plan to attend:

Invest in Efficiency Programs Registration Form Jay 2014
sabrina@erec.com or call 800-235-3848 x 7433

RSVP Marianna:
Invest in Efficiency Registration Form Marianna 2014

Dewanna.Smith@fl.usda.gov or call 850-526-2610 ext 110


For more information on the REAP Program, go to the USDA site: 

The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)


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