As the cost of energy inputs continues to rise, Washington’s farmers and rural small businesses are looking to renewable energy and energy efficiency to meet their operational needs. If you have a renewable energy project in mind, your Conservation District can help! Pierce Conservation District, in a partnership with nonprofit Spark Northwest, is providing technical assistance to help local farms and businesses generate their own clean energy, and bring down the cost with the help of USDA Renewable Energy for America Program (REAP) grants.
Any agricultural producer or rural small business qualifies for technical assistance to install renewable energy systems and upgrade to energy efficient equipment. In addition to providing free project consultations and project development assistance, CD staff can connect participants to grants, utility incentives, tax subsidies, and financing to help complete projects – and avoid pitfalls along the way.
Already have a project idea? Fill out an Assistance Request Form to tell us about it! After you submit your form, Pierce Conservation District staff will follow up with more information. If you have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to learn more about renewable energy project funding for your farm or ranch? Get the scoop at our Renewable Energy Workshop Sept. 19th, 5-7pm at the Waterville Library.
Early Bird Farm’s view from their newly acquired solar panels. This 2016 Recipient of a REAP Grant is now powering over a third of the farm from renewable energy.