A Rural Energy program reaches out to Kansas small towns and businesses

Rows of solar energy panels atop a white, flat roof of a small building.



A federal government program aimed at helping small rural businesses with acquiring more efficient energy received high marks from some Kansas small-town businesses.

The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) is part of the Inflation Reduction Act and had funding of $145 million. It is a grant and financing program. Applicants can get up to 50% funding and loan guarantees of up to 75% of the total project cost.

It is also only available to agriculture operations and small businesses in towns of fewer than 50,000 people reported Flatland, a division of Kansas City Public Broadcasting.

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