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Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Workshop - February 7

If you’re a farmer or rural business owner interested in improving energy use of your operation or developing a renewable energy system, take notice. UT Extension, USDA Rural Development, and the Tennessee Valley Authority, among others, will conduct a workshop that may help you get funding.

The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) workshops will occur on February 7 – February 9 from 11:45-4:30 p.m. (local time) in Lenoir City (February 7th), Shelbyville (February 8th), and Jackson (February 9th). These workshops are designed to help producers and rural businesses (located in areas with a population of 50,000 or less) enhance the energy efficiency of their operations or develop biomass-based, wind- or solar energy-based systems. The focus of the workshops will be on helping producers and rural businesses develop their ideas for the REAP program, a competitive grant and loan program that helps producers and rural businesses improve energy efficiency or develop renewable energy systems.

Workshops participants will learn what’s needed to develop a successful application and how to get started in the grant application process. Presenters will explain how to complete the application and how proposals are reviewed and scored. A producer and a rural businessman who both previously received a REAP award will discuss lessons learned from their experience. Participants will also learn about the beneficial energy program offered by the Tennessee Valley Authority and by the state of Tennessee.

Register online for the Rural Energy for America Program workshop.

Sessions will begin at 11:45 local time and end at 4:30 local time. Lunch will be provided from 12-12:30. There is no fee to attend, but pre-registration is required.

More information about the workshops is available at

Contact Sreedhar Upendram at  865-974-7410 by email to or David W. Hughes at  865-974-7463 by email to (both in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics) with questions.

Monday, February 7 at 11:45am to 4:30pm

Lenoir City, Tennessee

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Training & Workshops


Agriculture, Sustainability


General Public


Agricultural and Resource Economics, UT Extension
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Sreedhar Upendram

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