“In October 2009, I announced the availability of stimulus funds for on-farm energy efficiency improvements in Kentucky,” said Gov. Steve Beshear. “Since that announcement, this program has provided 90 of Kentucky’s farmers with nearly three-quarters of a million dollars to make improvements to their operations.”
On-farm energy incentives are made possible through the Renewable Energy Partnership between GOAP and the Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Department for Energy Development and Independence. Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
The on-farm energy incentive program will provide 25 percent reimbursement of the actual cost of a federally qualified energy saving item, up to $10,000. Permissible items include, but are not limited to, energy audits, energy efficient farm building components, on-farm energy upgrades and on-farm energy efficiency training. Only expenditures made after March 26, 2010 will be eligible for reimbursement.
All applications received from across the Commonwealth will be reviewed and scored by a committee comprised of representatives from GOAP, the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture and a Rural Electric Cooperative. A representative from USDA Rural Development and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet will each serve on the committee in an ex-officio capacity.