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Small Business REAP Solar Grant

Small businesses and agricultural producers can REAP the benefits of solar power in Washington.

Solar power has many benefits – from lowering your monthly electricity bill to producing clean energy. However, the price tag of solar power installations can make it out of reach for many local small businesses.

Enter the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) – a grant and loan program through the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) specifically targeted to help rural small businesses and agricultural producers fund renewable energy systems and improvements. Funding can be used for commercial solar projects, battery backup systems, and for energy efficiency projects like new heat pumps, and more.

Historically the REAP grant covered 25% of the cost of a solar system, however with the recent boost by the Inflation Reduction Act in 2022, businesses are now able to save even more!

How much of the cost of solar does the REAP grant cover?

The REAP grant now covers up to 50% of the cost of a solar system. Other financial incentives include 0% sales tax on solar, and the national 30% tax incentive – all of these incentives combined make solar a slam dunk for small businesses (assuming they have a sunny roof of course!). If a business owner does not have the capital to pay for solar even with the 50% grant, REAP offers loan options covering a total of 75% of the system cost, or a business can apply for clean energy loans through Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union.

Who qualifies for the REAP grant?

Businesses located within Jefferson County that are designated as a small business or an agricultural producers can apply for the REAP grant. Cascadia Solar has already helped many local small businesses take advantage of the REAP grant in Jefferson County including Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Edensaw Woods, Winterchill Farm, Port Townsend Rigging, and the Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-Op.

How can I find help with the REAP grant application process?

If applying for a grant sounds daunting, the Cascadia Solar team can connect you with grant experts at Spark Northwest, who help businesses with the application process free of charge.  You can use the Rural Energy Intake Form to get started and one of their grant experts will reach out to you.  Cascadia Solar is also here to help you determine if your business is a good site for solar power, and to provide necessary documents and technical expertise throughout the grant application. 

How long will the REAP grant be available?

The REAP grant applications are due on a quarterly deadline. The grant funding does not have a timeline, however the pot of money will not last forever. REAP grant funding will be available through the end of 2024, however politics can impact these programs, and therefore no one can say for sure if the REAP grant will remain at the 50% into the future.

Want to get started with installing solar power for your small business?

The Cascadia Solar team is ready to help turn your dreams of a solar powered business into a reality. Since 2008, we have installed over 270 solar projects on the Olympic and Kitsap Peninsulas and counting. Our team lives in the neighborhoods that we install in, and take pride in working with local businesses. Contact us for a free preliminary proposal and site evaluation to determine how much your business can save, and REAP the benefits of solar for years to come!