USDA Rural Development Adds Staff and Technical Assistance Providers to Meet the Demand for Inflation Reduction Act Funding

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that it is hiring 40 Climate Change Fellows to assist with a surge in applications for the REAP clean energy projects. Funded by President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act, this is part of a significant investment in climate crisis mitigation. USDA’s Reggie Taylor noted a four-fold increase in applications, with 47 new applications and nearly $7 million in REAP grants already awarded this fiscal year.

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In addition to creating the Climate Fellows to hire grant management staff to work on REAP, last fall, in anticipation of increased interest in the program the Department of Agriculture extended a grant opportunity to Technical Assistance providers who will assist applicants for REAP. There are four REAP Technical Assistance Grant recipients at the ready to assist Georgia’s Agricultural Producers and Rural Small Businesses with the program. Lattice Energy Solutions and AgSolar Solutions are among those qualified in Georgia to provide REAP applicants with assistance.

Also from the announcement:

Lattice Energy Solutions and its member partner at Ag Solar Solutions provides education on various renewable energy systems, resources, and grants that are available, in addition to assisting qualified candidates to apply for the REAP grant and completing your project from beginning to completion.

As a recipient of the TAG grant through the USDA, Lattice Energy Solutions is also approved to assist in applying throughout the United States but have also been awarded the TAG technology assistance grant to cover all qualified candidates application costs; from the design engineering and grant writing fees Serving the Entire state of Georgia.

For a list of upcoming Lattice Energy Solutions presentations statewide and to see if you qualify, please go to www.gareapgrant.com or call at 844-771-0787.