Farmers, ranchers, and rural small business representatives are invited to upcoming workshops on applying for a federal grant that supports renewable energy projects.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Energy for America Program, or REAP, promotes rural economic development by assisting rural business to become more energy efficient. Grant funds can cover up to 25 percent of eligible projects.
Roane State Community College will host two workshops on applying for the grant. Representatives of Lenoir City-based ARiES Energy will prepare grant applications for those interested.
One workshop will be held Thursday, March 27, from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Raider Room at the college’s main campus, 276 Patton Lane in Harriman.
Another workshop will be held Monday, March 31, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Clinton Higher Education and Workforce Training Facility, 214 Nave. St. in Clinton.
In addition to learning about the grant application process, participants will learn about gasification technology, solar PV technology, and energy efficient building features such as LED lighting.