Farmers, ranchers and rural business owners have until July 31, 2009 to apply for a Rural Energy for America Program ("REAP") grant from the USDA for the purchase and installation of small wind turbines. The grants provide up to 25% of the total installed cost of a small wind turbine system, and together with the Federal Investment Tax Credit ("ITC"), can cover up to 50% of the costs of the system for an eligible candidate. Additional funds may also be available from local utility cooperatives or rural electric associations which give rebates to their members.
Applications must be submitted to local USDA Rural Development offices by July 31, 2009. However, the application itself takes time to complete, and applicants should give themselves 2 weeks to fill it out.