DOVER, Del. — Delaware farmers eager to install energy efficient practices have a new option available. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Delaware has received special funding through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, which will provide funds for energy practice implementation through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. Eligible practices include equipment such as energy efficient lighting, HVAC, motors, insulation and more.
The RCPP will be administered by the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility and EnSave, Inc., who currently operate the Energize Delaware Farm Program that offers additional energy technical assistance and financial incentives to Delaware farmers.
“This means that there are more options than ever before to help reduce energy costs on the farm. Even better, RCPP funds can be combined with Energize Delaware funds to increase the incentive,” said Tony DePrima, Executive Director of the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility. The Energize Delaware Farm Program provides an additional 30 percent grant towards the project cost, providing a boost to farmers looking to maximize their return on investment.
Another component of the RCPP allows EnSave to complete the design, installation and checkout of energy practices for farms that receive RCPP funding, which will allow these farmers to expedite the installation of their projects. “The objective of this program is to increase the availability of financial and technical resources in the field to help farmers save energy on their operations,” said Kasey Taylor, NRCS State Conservationist. “The RCPP helps jump-start this process by providing an increase of funding for energy practices and corresponding technical assistance.”
The deadlines to apply for RCPP funding follow the application deadlines for EQIP. The first application cutoff deadline is Nov. 17. Additional application deadlines are set for the third Friday of each month while funding is available. Applications will be ranked and notified of acceptance shortly thereafter.
“The RCPP allows Delaware producers a great opportunity to reduce their energy use. With the incentives available through the RCPP and Energize Delaware, many practices will pay back their initial investment in just a few years,” said Craig Metz, CEO of EnSave. “Now is the time for Delaware farmers to act if they are interested in installing new energy-saving practices.”
To sign up for this RCPP project, farmers should visit their local USDA Service Center to obtain information. For questions or to learn more about how funding can be maximized, contact the Energize Delaware Farm Program at 800-732-1399. Additional information on NRCS programs and services is available on the Delaware NRCS Web site at www.de.nrcs.usda.gov.
— USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service