(a) Grant amounts. The amount of grant funds that will be made available to an eligible RES or EEI project under this subpart will not exceed 25 percent of Eligible Project Costs. Eligible Project Costs are specified in paragraph (c) of this section.
Terms Used In 7 CFR 4280.114
- Agency: The Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) or successor agency assigned by the Secretary of Agriculture to administer the Rural Energy for America Program. See 7 CFR 4280.103
- Applicant: (1) Except for EA and REDA grants, the Agricultural Producer or Rural Small Business that is seeking a grant, guaranteed loan, or a combination of a grant and loan, under this subpart. See 7 CFR 4280.103
- Complete Application: An application that contains all parts necessary for the Agency to determine Applicant and project eligibility, score the application, and, where applicable, enable the Agency to determine the technical merit of the project. See 7 CFR 4280.103
- Eligible Project Costs: The Total Project Costs that are eligible to be paid or guaranteed with REAP funds. See 7 CFR 4280.103
- Energy Assessment: An Agency-approved report assessing energy use, cost, and efficiency by analyzing energy bills and surveying the target building and/or equipment sufficiently to provide an Agency-approved Energy Assessment. See 7 CFR 4280.103
- Energy Audit: A comprehensive report that meets an Agency-approved standard prepared by an Energy Auditor or an individual supervised by an Energy Auditor that documents current energy usage. See 7 CFR 4280.103
- Fiscal year: The fiscal year is the accounting period for the government. For the federal government, this begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends; for example, fiscal year 2006 begins on October 1, 2005 and ends on September 30, 2006.
- Lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCC
- Matching Funds: Those project funds required by the 7 U. See 7 CFR 4280.103
- Refurbished: Refers to a piece of equipment or Renewable Energy System that has been brought into a commercial facility, thoroughly inspected, and worn parts replaced and has a warranty that is approved by the Agency or its designee. See 7 CFR 4280.103
- Remainder: An interest in property that takes effect in the future at a specified time or after the occurrence of some event, such as the death of a life tenant.
- Retrofitting: A modification that incorporates a feature or features not included in the original design or for the replacement of existing components with ones that improve the original design and does not impact original warranty if the warranty is still in existence. See 7 CFR 4280.103
- Rural Small Business: A Small Business that is located in a Rural Area or that can demonstrate the proposed project for which assistance is being applied for under this subpart is located in a Rural Area. See 7 CFR 4280.103
- Small Business: An entity or utility, as applicable, described below that meets Small Business Administration's (SBA) definition of Small Business as found in 13 CFR part 121. See 7 CFR 4280.103
- State: Any of the 50 States of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U. See 7 CFR 4280.103
- Total Project Costs: The sum of all costs associated with a completed project. See 7 CFR 4280.103
- Used Equipment: Any equipment that has been used in any previous application and is provided in an "as is" condition. See 7 CFR 4280.103
(1) Minimum request. Unless otherwise specified in a Federal Register notice, the minimum request for a RES grant application is $2,500 and the minimum request for an EEI grant application is $1,500.
(2) Maximum request. Unless otherwise specified in a Federal Register notice, the maximum request for a RES grant application is $500,000 and the maximum request for an EEI grant application is $250,000.
(3) Maximum grant assistance. Unless otherwise specified in a Federal Register notice, the maximum amount of grant assistance to one individual or entity under this subpart will not exceed $750,000 per Federal Fiscal Year.
(b) Matching funds and other funds. The Applicant is responsible for securing the remainder of the Total Project Costs not covered by grant funds.
(1) Without specific statutory authority, other Federal grant funds cannot be used to meet the Matching Funds requirement. A copy of the statutory authority must be provided to the Agency to verify if the other Federal grant funds can be used to meet the Matching Funds requirement under this subpart.
(2) Passive third-party equity contributions are acceptable for RES projects, including equity raised from the sale of Federal tax credits.
(c) Eligible Project Costs. Eligible Project Costs are only those costs incurred after a Complete Application has been received by the Agency and are associated with the items identified in paragraphs (c)(1) through (6) of this section. Each item identified in paragraphs (c)(1) through (6) of this section is only an Eligible Project Cost if it is directly related to and its use and purpose is limited to the RES or EEI.
(1) Purchase and installation of new or Refurbished equipment.
(2) Construction, Retrofitting, replacement, and improvements.
(3) EEI identified in the applicable Energy Assessment or Energy Audit.
(4) Fees for construction permits and licenses.
(5) Professional service fees for Qualified Consultants, contractors, installers, and other third-party services.
(6) For an eligible RES in which a residence is closely associated with the Rural Small Business or agricultural operation the installation of a second meter to separate the residence from the portion of the project that benefits the Rural Small Business or agricultural operation, as applicable.
(d) Ineligible project costs. Ineligible project costs for RES and EEI projects include, but are not limited to:
(1) Agricultural tillage equipment, Used Equipment, and vehicles;
(2) Residential RES or EEI projects;
(3) Construction or equipment costs that would be incurred regardless of the installation of a RES or EEI shall not be included as an Eligible Project Costs. For example, the foundation for a building where a RES is being installed, storage only grains bins connected to drying systems, and the roofing of a building where solar panels are being attached;
(4) Business operations that derive more than 10 percent of annual gross revenue (including any lease income from space or machines) from gambling activity, excluding State or Tribal-authorized lottery proceeds, as approved by the Agency, conducted for the purpose of raising funds for the approved project;
(5) Business operations deriving income from activities of a sexual nature or illegal activities;
(6) Lease payments;
(7) Any project that creates a conflict of interest or an appearance of a conflict of interest as provided in §4280.106;
(8) Funding of political or lobbying activities; and
(9) To pay off any Federal direct or guaranteed loans or other Federal debts.
(e) Award amount considerations. In determining the amount of a RES or EEI grant awarded, the Agency will take into consideration the following six criteria:
(1) The type of RES to be purchased;
(2) The estimated quantity of energy to be generated by the RES;
(3) The expected environmental benefits of the RES;
(4) The quantity of energy savings expected to be derived from the activity, as demonstrated by an Energy Audit;
(5) The estimated period of time for the energy savings generated by the activity to equal the cost of the activity; and
(6) The expected energy efficiency of the RES.