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Lincoln County Small Business and Farmers

The U.S Department of Agriculture has awarded the Lincoln County a grant of $100,000 (to be matched by $5000 from Lincoln County) to conduct renewable energy site assessments for farmers and small businesses.

This Renewable Energy Development Assistance (REDA) project will provide small businesses and farmers in the County with the services of a renewable energy professional who will evaluate the potential for renewable energy systems to lower electrical costs, reduce or eliminate use of fossil fuels and/or increase the efficiency of your business operations. This will include a site visit and analysis of your energy use and costs, and a report with potential renewable energy installation or construction options, preliminary cost estimates, and recommendations about suppliers/vendors and available grants and loans.

Here's the APPLICATION FORM. Don't forget to include last year's electricity and/or heating bills. If you have any questions, please call Bob at 784-2617 or Mary Ellen at 882-5983.

Definitions from Federal Regulations for the Rural Energy for America Program:

Agricultural Producer. An individual or entity directly engaged in the production of agricultural products, including crops (including farming); livestock (including ranching); forestry products; hydroponics; nursery stock; or aquaculture, whereby 50 percent or greater of their gross income is derived from those products.

Small Business. An entity or utility, as applicable, described below that meets Small Business Administration's (SBA) definition of Small Business as found in 13 CFR part 121.301(a) or (b). With the exception of the entities identified in this paragraph, all other non-profit entities are ineligible.

(1) A private for-profit entity, including a sole proprietorship, partnership, and corporation;

(2) A cooperative (including a cooperative qualified under section 501(c)(12) of the Internal Revenue Code);

(3) An electric utility (including a Tribal or governmental electric utility) that provides service to rural consumers and must operate independent of direct government control; and

(4) Tribal corporations or other Tribal business entities (as described in paragraph (4)(i) and (ii) of this definition). The Agency shall determine the Small Business status of such Tribal entity without regard to the resources of the Tribal government.

(i) Chartered under Section 17 of the Indian Reorganization Act (25 U.S.C. 477), or

(ii) Other Tribal business entities that have similar structures and relationships with their Tribal governments as determined by the Agency.