Congress Passes Farm Bill With Renewables Funding Intact

According to the Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC), the legislation maintains the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) at $50 million per year of mandatory funding.

REAP, as described by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (USDA), provides “guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements.” Eligible renewable energy projects include solar, wind, hydro, biomass, geothermal, hydrogen and ocean generation. 


The farm bill now heads to the desk of President Donald Trump.