the rural energy for america program
If your a farmer, rancher or rural small businesses, you’re in luck. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development will pay you to install solar panels, wind turbines or invest into energy efficiency upgrades. Recently Coble and Sons ranch took advantage of the USDA incentive program to install a SkyStream 3.7 wind power systems to power two ¾ horsepower submersible pumps for livestock water wells and a 15-hp electric turbine irrigation pump.
Since installing the SkyStream 3.7 wind turbines Coble and Sons reduced their electric bill by a third. At average wind speeds of 23mph the SkyStream 3.7 is capable of producing 9kWh (depending on the tower height and other project site considerations)
Through the generous Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency incentive program offered by the USDA, Coble and Sons ranch received $14,725 to offset the cost of installing the SkyStream 3.7 wind power systems. The great aspect of the Skystream 3.7 wind turbine, is it’s a complete wind power system that includes a built in grid tie inverter and starts generating electricity at wind speeds as low as 8MPH.
The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) admistered by the USDA will give away $55 million this year, so if your interested in taking advantage of the program take a look at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development website.