USDA Rural Development
The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Improvement Grants and Loan program (Section 9006) provides grants and loan guarantees to eligible farmers, ranchers and rural small businesses to assist in developing renewable energy systems and to make energy efficiency improvements. Examples include: biofuels, wind, solar, geothermal and hydrogen-based projects.
The Biomass Research and Development Grant program (Section 9008) is a joint effort of the USDA and the Department of Energy. The program provides financial assistance to qualified applicants to support research and development of bio-based products, bioenergy, biofuels and related processes.
In addition the Value Added Producer Grant program provides a matching grant to agriculture producers, while the Business and Industry Guaranteed Loan program provides financial backing to rural businesses for renewable energy projects.