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all right welcome everyone.I see participants joining our webinar.this evening thank you all for taking.time out of your evening to participate.in this webinar um we're gonna be.talking about going solar on your farm.or rural small business with USDA rural.energy for America program funding so I.hope that is why you all are here.because that is what we are going to be.talking about and this webinar is being.presented by solar united neighbors and.I will tell you more about us and who we.are but first I want to open up with.some housekeeping as you're joining you.can join from your computer through the.zoom app and use your computer mic and.speakers for computer audio you can also.choose telephone audio and dial in using.the information provided in the in the.zoom RSVP invitation there are a lot of.folks participating in this webinar this.evening so I will ask you to submit.questions through the chat feature and.you'll see that in the screen that.there's a series of options on your.screen and you should be able to send.questions via chat you can choose to.send your questions to the panelists or.to the panelists and attendees and if.you choose panelists and attendees then.everyone who is in a webinar will see on.the questions you've asked so you can be.a little more participatory that way.we're gonna collect the questions and.hold them until the end of the webinar I.think a lot of questions will be.answered as we go through our.presentations hopefully that will happen.and then hopefully we'll have time to.answer audience questions at the end.this webinar will be routed and we will.be sharing a link to the recording after.the webinar is completed so if you're.not able to attend to the end or if.you know folks who might be interested.but weren't able to be here life tonight.you'll be able to share that link after.we complete this evening okay and who.we've got here today we have quite a.lineup of presenters for you my name is.autumn long I am a regional field.director with solar united neighbors I.am based in West Virginia and I oversee.our field programs here in West Virginia.as well as Pennsylvania Ohio Indiana and.Minnesota and I'm very excited to have.presenters representing all of those.states with us this evening.we have Sarah Conley Ballou from rural.action in Ohio.fritzsche a bigger a bigger sorry every.time from the clean energy resource.teams in Minnesota Jessi Gandy a USDA.Rural Development rural business service.specialist and energy coordinator from.West Virginia Rory Pierre Mahdi a USDA.Rural Development loan specialist from.Pennsylvania and Kristy Sutherland with.Prosperity AG based in Indiana so thank.you all for being here I really.appreciate your time we're gonna run.this in three sections I'm gonna talk.through some really basic solar 101.technology information to get us all on.the same page about solar and what we.mean when we talk about solar well and.I'll talk briefly about the USDA reap.program and then each speaker will go.into more detail about USDA reap and.their work in each of their States and.again any time you have questions share.them via the chat function and at the.end we'll have time to sort through.those and address some questions that.may have come up so without further.adieu we'll start with some basic solar.101 technology and when we talk about.solar we're essentially talking about.solar photovoltaics or PV and this is a.technology that converts solar energy.into electricity so a solar panel.or module is one of our system.components that we're dealing with with.solar PV each panel is made up of a.series of solar cells mainly composed of.silicon and they're actually doing that.work of converting sunlight into.electricity the solar cells are while to.wire together into a panel or module.they're encapsulated in tempered glass.surrounded by a steel aluminum framing.and then each module is strung together.in turn to create what we refer to as a.solar array another main component of a.solar PV system is called an inverter an.inverter is a piece of equipment that.converts the direct current or DC.electricity that solar panels create.into the alternating current or AC.electricity that is used by standard.appliances and electronic devices in.this country so the inverter makes that.DC to AC conversion it also performs.perform system monitoring functions and.ensures that your solar panels are.integrated with your home and the.electric grid there are a couple of.different types of inverters I'm not.going to get deep into the details of.inverter technology but that's something.that if you all have questions about at.the end we can talk more about details.of solar technology and the third meatus.below PV system is the racking this is.what connects your panels to your roof.and holds the weight of the equipment.there are racking solutions for many.different roof types asphalt shingles as.you see here this is a standing seam.metal roof and racking with these can be.completed without pins in some cases the.racking can clip on to the seams and.we've got flat roof solutions for flat.commercial roofs and if your roof is not.suitable for solar or you want to do.something different ground mounted solar.is also an off.so we have a lovely ground-mounted array.with pollinator habitat here and when.you're thinking about solar especially.if you're thinking about a roof-mounted.system there are a few considerations to.keep in mind one is the direction your.roof faces solar works best in with a.south-facing roof that's really the.ideal direction it gets the most hours.of Sun over the course of the day over.the course of the year.however East and West facing roof lines.can also work well for solar especially.as solar panels have become more.efficient over the years we see more and.more that east and west facing roofs.work well for solar North facing roofs.are not recommended for solar in the.northern hemisphere it just doesn't get.enough direct sunlight another.consideration is of course shading solar.panels work best in full Sun so if you.are in a heavily shaded location your.roof might not be ideal for solar and.then the third consideration is just the.actual physical space you have available.you know ideally you may be able to.offset up to a hundred percent of your.annual electric costs with on-site solar.but the physical space available on your.site or your roof may be a limiting.factor depending on your energy loads.and consumption needs so those are.things to keep in mind as you think.about going solar and how does this all.work together so we talked about the.solar panels they're strung together.into the array they create that DC.current that flows through the inverter.and gets concurrent that alternating.current then flows through your electric.service panel to help power the.appliances and equipment and electronic.devices in your business or your barn or.your home or your shop and whatever.excess energy is being created by your.panels at that given time that's not.consumed on-site is then flows out.through your electric meter.into the local electric system and it.helps power the neighbors homes or the.next business down the street from you.so by going solar you are becoming an.electricity producer you're not just.passively consuming electricity anymore.you're actually contributing to the.production of your local electric grid.and the really good part is that you get.credited for that through through a.policy known as net metering net.metering allows your utility to track.the flow of electricity to and from a.customer so as a solar producer when you.generate more energy than you're using.on-site that extra electricity flows out.through your meter and you receive a.credit for that on your electric bill.for that excess energy production.depending on where you're located and.the policies in your state and your.utility district that credit will roll.over from one month to the next.potentially offsetting your overall.annual electric consumption net metering.looks different in different places and.different utility companies so we won't.dive deep into any detailed net metering.policies for specific utility districts.tonight but if you have questions about.that for your local area you can refer.to our website solar united neighbors.org or some of the speakers that are.going to be presenting tonight will.probably be able to help you if you live.in one of the states represented by the.speakers in tonight's presentation but.in general the bottom line is you offset.your electric consumption with the value.of your solar energy production thus.making it a great investment and a great.way to lower your energy bills I want to.mention is about power outages and.battery storage if the power if the grid.power goes out and you have a simple.grid tied solar system your solar system.will shut down your inverter has a.safety mechanism that automatically.shuts down your system.when the grid is down in order to.prevent back feeding into the local.utility grid and potentially injuring.someone who's working to repair the.problem so in other words you know.you're producing energy on-site with.solar but you're not storing energy in.your solar panels if you want on-site.board and during grade outages you're.gonna need the addition of a storage.component or batteries to your system.you know you might want to consider.solar plus storage if you are in a.location where you experience frequent.utility outages if you have critical.loads like well pumps or refrigeration.equipment that are essential to your.business if you are concerned about.emergency preparedness these are all.valid reasons to invest in solar plus.storage it does increase the cost.significantly but it's becoming more and.more popular and it is eligible for usda.funding so that is an option I'll answer.a few frequently asked questions that we.always hear about solar and then at the.end of our presentation if there are.remaining questions about solar.technology we can circle back to that.Solar is a long term investment systems.last for 25 30 or more years.solar panels are warrantied for 25 to 30.years that's industry standard and so.you can expect your solar panels to be.producing energy for you for decades.into the future there's no reason why.they will stop working after that 25 or.30 year warranty time expires either.inverters are worn for between 10 and 25.years depending on the type and the.installer who completes your project.will warranty their labor including any.roof penetrations that are made as part.of the installation so you'll have.warranties for each of those aspects of.the installation and your property.insurance will cover any sort of like.natural disaster.Falls a storm and the addition of solar.should not greatly increase your.insurance rates if your insurance.company decides to really kick your.rates up drastically I would encourage.you to shop around and find some more.competitive property insurance one last.thing I want to mention is the question.of maintenance solar PV is a very low.maintenance type of project for a.property owner there really are no.moving parts there's nothing to break or.need maintenance once the installation.is completed your solar panels just sit.there and make energy for you in most.areas of the country we get enough.natural precipitation and rainfall to.clean the panels on a regular basis.depending on where you're located you.may want to occasionally clean the dirt.and grime that builds up on your panels.snow removal is another issue that can.address the group maintenance or you can.be patient and wait for the snow just.slide off of your panels which is.another option so those are just a few.brief insights into solar technology and.moving on whoops going too fast here so.moving on into the main topic of our.webinar tonight I just want to give a.brief background into the usda rural.energy for America program and then each.of our presenters will dive deeper into.aspects of that program to really shine.a light on the opportunity represents so.what is USDA week it is a program of.USDA Rural Development and you can.follow these links which will be.available in the recording of this.broadcast to find out more about USDA.Rural Development and the reprogram it's.authorized by title 9 also known as the.energy title of the USDA farm bill which.was reauthorized in 2018 with mandatory.funding for reap through 20.23 and the purpose is really to increase.energy independence to increase the.private-sector supply of renewable.energy and decrease energy demand.through energy efficiency improvements.so that's the the reason this program.was created and exists provides.guaranteed loan financing up to 75% of.eligible project costs and it also.provides grant funding which is the main.topic that we're going to explore this.evening reap grant funding covers up to.25% of total eligible project costs.there are minimum and maximum project.sizes for rural and for renewable energy.grants it's a $2,500 minimum and $500.maximum energy efficiency grants the.funding is a $1,500 minimum and $250,000.maximum there's also an option to.combine grant and loan funding up to 75%.of your project cost reap eligibility.extends to rural small businesses and.the definition of reality in the eyes of.the USDA is based on US census.designations so the small business must.be located in an area with less with a.population of less than 50,000 and there.are other eligibility criteria about the.business income and size with.agricultural producers eligibility.requires 50% of income coming from.agricultural operations and that can be.located in non-rural as well as rural.areas you can go to the USDA website and.check your address to see if you're.considered rural in USDA criteria reap.funds can be used for renewable energy.systems and renewable energy encompasses.a really wide array of technologies some.pretty interesting stuff biomass.geothermal small hydropower hydrogen.and solar and ocean energy generation.refunds can also be used for energy.efficiency improvements so HVAC systems.insulation lighting refrigeration doors.and windows pumps switching out diesel.to electric irrigation replacing energy.inefficient equipment so a lot of things.fall under this energy efficiency.improvement category because we're solar.United neighbors and we work in solar.we're mainly talking about the solar.aspect of Reap tonight but I want to.make you all aware that these options.also exists with refunding and with that.I will stop talking and turn it over to.our our panelists and we are going to.start with ID I lined everyone up in.alphabetical order so we're starting.with Sarah Conley Ballou sustainable.energy solutions program director with.rural action from Ohio so take it away.Sarah okay thanks Adam can you hear me.okay yep great okay everyone as Adam.said my name is Sarah Conley Balu I work.in Appalachian Ohio for rural action and.today we'll be looking at some of the.benefits of the rural energy the USDA.reap funding and it I'll talk some about.how we work on this under this funding.here in Ohio go ahead and advance the.slide please briefly just want to.explain our election as an organization.we are a non-profit based in southeast.Ohio the Appalachian region of Ohio we.were founded in 1991 and our work.focuses on building a more just economy.through environmental and social and.economic programs and initiatives that.spans the gamut from local food to.waste and sustainable agriculture and we.are a very diverse organization I run.our sustainable energy solutions program.go ahead and advance the slide here our.program is I have been part of her.election since 2018 and you can't read.all the words on this slide but our our.program has connects people to the.resources that they need to reduce their.energy use and work towards renewable.energy solutions we have a number of.initiatives grant writing services being.one of them you're welcome to visit our.website our election org ok commercial.over now we can get into the good stuff.so I think I started writing read grants.in about 2017 prior to coming to rural.action I worked for upgrade Ohio and and.we realized the need for reap grant.writing services in our local region.because you know there was a real you.know resource gap especially for low to.moderate income homeowners farmers and.small businesses and so rural action has.been providing reap grant writing.technical assistance and services to.anyone who reaches out and is in need.and go on to the next slide here so I.mean we've worked on I think about 15.different projects to date I thought I'd.give a snapshot of several of those.projects the they span the gamut from.poultry farm operations a rural car.sales dealership we worked with a.trailer sales company that's what's.focused in the picture there each.project is unique as you probably are.aware with with most solar projects you.know finances are unique the the roof.the you know generation needs an.electric needs really vary quite a bit.so any small business or agricultural.producer that's looking at a reprint.really you know there there are many.qualifications and a lot of it's not a.one-size-fits-all opportunity go onto.the next slide here so I don't get a.great job of providing an overview of.the USDA reprint how it works who.qualifies and what small business or.agricultural producers need to do to.apply I thought I'd spend a few minutes.talking about the evaluation process the.USDA uses a standardized scorecard and.though it's not an all-inclusive list.here these are the major factors that.are used to evaluate applications and.the number of points that are awarded.for each the quantity of energy.generated from the system this refers to.the percentage of electricity used by.your farm your business that your system.might generate a good example would be.that if you used a hundred thousand.kilowatt hours of electricity a year and.you install enough solar to produce 90.thousand kilowatts a year and the.quantity of energy that's generated from.the system would be ninety percent a 90.percent system is relatively high energy.replacement so that would qualify for.about 15 points on the evaluation metric.the lower the replacement value the.lower the point total might be so that's.one of the criteria a second criteria.would be the commitment of funds so this.has to do with the funding of the.project and how much funding you may.have secured if you've secured it a.hundred percent of the funds required.for your system you've scored 20 points.it's less than a hundred percent you.score zero points and so it's necessary.that you demonstrate to the USDA that.you can cover 100.of the the project costs however if.you're applying for a grant for 25% of.the project's costs you only need funds.for 75% so that's that's a important tip.another criteria is that previous.grantees are evaluated if you've never.received a grant before you receive a.15-point score if you are applying two.or more years after you receive the.grant it's a five-point score if you're.applying within two years of receiving.the grant you get a zero point score for.that so the more the new recipients are.up so your new applicants score highest.under that category USDA is also going.to look at the simple payback period.they'll evaluate the application based.on how long it will take your owner to.pay off the cost of the system so it'll.only factor in the savings from the.reduced utility electric it doesn't take.into account and the additional.incentives like the solar investment tax.credit for example or depreciation or.any state or local incentives that may.apply so those points are less than 10.years in a payback period you scores as.high as 15 points if your payback.periods between 10 and 15 years that's.only 10 points score if your payback is.between 15 and 25 years you'll receive a.five point score and typically if your.payback periods more than 25 years you.might reevaluate your project altogether.but you will not receive any points in.that category the environmental benefits.category just judges your project based.on the solar system's environmental.impact the points are awarded based on.resource conservation public health and.the environment.there's also State Director points that.are that can be awarded based on the.discretion of your state director or.administrator they can give up to 10% 3.to 10 points on a project this.their discretion and then the final area.that they look at is the size of a reef.funding request all grant requests that.are less than $250,000 are awarded 10.points requests over that $250,000.threshold or more do not receive points.in that section so I bring all this up.because it is quite important at the.outset of a reap application to really.think about what will be what will be.graded with your application this is.what the USDA looks at I do a pre.reviewed floor card with every client.that asks for a grant preparation.service just to look through each of.these items and then family stock then.kind of evaluate whether the project is.viable so that's an important thing to.do go ahead on to the next slide please.Thanks the other thing I wanted to touch.on was the USDA grant rounds so if.you're applying to the reap grant there.are two times a year that you can submit.your application these periods are.referred to as rounds around one the.fall round occurs in October round two.is the spring round and it's at the end.of March.selecting the right round is pretty.crucial to your chances of getting the.grant you don't just want to apply to.the ground that's sooner for you because.the rules are a little different for.each round and you can only apply one.time per project in advance the slide.please so round one because the USDA's.year fiscal year starts on October 1st.and ends September 30th the fall round.is the first round of the year this.round is for grant applications of.$20,000 or less if you enter in round.one you'll have five chances to receive.the reprint while applications entering.in round one can progress throughout the.rounds of the year applications entered.in round 2 only progress through the.spring round and then applications.entered for the first time in the spring.round.will not be entered in the following.year's fall around if you want to go to.the next slide please thanks.and then a few months later in March is.round two and that's our spring round if.you're interested in a grant that's over.twenty thousand dollars that's this will.be the round that you'll want to apply.for entering in round two you'll get.three chances if your grant around if.your grant is for $20,000 you're left.less than two chances if your grant.amount is over $20,000 it's good to note.that for energy efficiency projects the.minimum grant you talked about this.earlier about grant amounts of the.minimums 15,000 or the maximum is.250,000 and if your application was not.approved in the fall ground you move on.to the fall reserve you can go on to the.next slide if you like I wanted to share.that you know applying for every grant.really is a long process it does take.quite a lot of paperwork and there there.are many steps it's it's good to have.consultation as you do it there the.USDA's state representatives are are.usually incredibly helpful and we found.that you know working with with the.business or my producer is really a.beneficial beneficial process for them.to learn as they go so we're here to.help and we're happy to answer any.questions that you may have at the.outset thank you so much they're.associated that service contact.information is there on the screen you.can also refer to the recording if we.need to get back to you dates so thanks.for sharing all of that and we're gonna.move on now to Fritz a bigger of rural.energy development program manager with.the clean energy resource teams at.University of Minnesota Extension.so take it away fritz hi I just had to.tell my daughter to stay out of this.room I'm pretty selling her like autumn.said I work for the University of.Minnesota Extension advance the slide.just one time for me I I work for the.university Minnesota Extension and the.regional sustainable development.partnerships in a program called the.clean energy resource teams and certs is.actually a partnership of the Minnesota.Department of Commerce a policymaking.body called the Great Plains Institute.and one of our legacy partners called.the Southwest Regional Development.Commission which is the first region in.the state of Minnesota that saw wind.energy in the mid 90s and early 2000s so.our job primarily is to connect.individuals and communities to the.resources they need to do clean energy.projects I am particularly focus on.solar energy with farms in a rural small.businesses next slide please.I'll be trying to be quick this is how.we work it's kind of a based off of a.soil water conservation district model.but we have several regions throughout.the state in each region has a regional.coordinator who is guided by steering.committees and those steering committees.are made up of any range of people some.of them are business owners some of them.are county commissioners some of them.are Rural Electric Cooperative staff.it's just a range of folks but the point.is that they are part of those.communities and they feed that.information up to the University and.rather than you know the old style model.was a university did the research and.delivered the information to the.community so we want to have a two-way.conversation and community next slide.please.I'll be real quick about the USDA reap.stuff since you already heard autumn and.Sarah talk about it I'll talk to you.about a policy in Minnesota that has.worked really well it's called pace.stands for property assessed clean.energy and then I will discuss briefly.some tax matters that I think are.relevant to small businesses and farms.next slide.first things first I'm waiting for.another child to pop through that door.anyway um first things first.efficiency is always gonna be your best.spend it's always gonna be the lowest.cost option it's gonna help you reduce.your energy load profile' so any kind of.renewable energy project a little bit.smaller a little bit cheaper it's.usually easier to finance as well and.then the opportunities you also want to.think through like what is your most.heavily used lighting basic fan motor.maintenance occupancy sensors and so.forth and behavior change and I bring.this up because often times I'll go out.to a farm or a business and they'll talk.to me about doing solar and I'll take a.look around and in about five minutes it.can size up they still have old.incandescent bulbs you'll have high.pressure sodium bulbs in their operation.I just tell them right away like that's.where you want to spend your money first.time anyway just think about efficiency.first next slide please.autumn and Sara already said that's all.the information you need to know about.USDA Rural Development so I'm gonna skip.this slide thank you so we'll talk about.pace so Minnesota has a program called.property assessed clean energy.essentially it's a way to finance.building energy efficiency and renewable.energy upgrades and what it is is a loan.that you take out and then you repay as.a separate line item on your property.tax bill this is just a simple photo.that we had of an LED lighting project.that was done in an aviation company up.in Bemidji Minnesota which is right by.the headwaters of the Mississippi River.that was back in the day when LED lamps.were a little bit more expensive but.it's an easy way for this company to.improve the environment for their for.their employees and also save some money.and slide please so pace is obviously in.that part of reap it I'll get to that.point so uh things that you can find.with pace is energy efficiency HVAC.lighting equipment insulation definitely.solar switch we're here to talk we're.here to talk about tonight and then also.electric.vehicle charging stations next slide.please.so I'll give you a Knutson bulletin I.get to the punchline but basically the.property owner selects the project.reduces their energy cost on the st..Paul Port Authority this is the economic.development agency here in Minnesota.finances the improvement once they look.through the application and see that.everything is in place and then the.county adds the property tax assessment.to a tax roll so it does attach to title.and they know the owner pays back the.assessment from - for a period of up to.20 years but more often than not it's.only ten most people take out a ten-year.schedule on a 4.25 percent rate right.now the reason because a a tax lien is.because obviously the the county wants.to secure its position in terms of mean.priority but it's a way to leverage the.property appraised value that you have.without having to lay out any cash or go.to a private bank to do that next slide.please.like I said yeah this is a manufacturing.multi-family housing for culture.nonprofits and places of worship.agriculture is really critical because.often times farmers have a ton of of.equity built up in their land and they.may not have the cash to to buy our.solar installation or finance a solar.installation pace was a basically a.lever that they were able to pull to.make those projects happen and we've.seen that happen quite a bit in.Minnesota the point I was trying to make.about paste is that oftentimes people.cannot it's okay.you can skip to the next time I'm just.gonna talk off the top stomach so Sarah.I mentioned that you want to be able to.show a hundred percent of that financial.backing to do a project to get all the.points in that category what we've seen.a lot of farmers and rural businesses do.is use pace to pull out that money to.show that 100 percent backing and.through a combination of pace and reap.they made their reap applications really.attractive and many of them have done.really well in the reef program so.that's a pretty critical important point.I wanted to make out I don't know if.other states have that program that.on this webinar but I do you know there.are many others in the state that do in.the country that do um couple of hurdles.that do come up you know financing is.limited to 20% of the appraised property.value if you have any significant.acreage in the Midwest that's usually.not a problem farm farm land value is.pretty higher out here despite the the.last difficult years and you own you.have to be current on your mortgage in.your property taxes the davis-bacon Act.may apply which relates to to fair wages.in that particular area the benefits.almost have always outweighed the.hurdles and from what we've seen so we.have low origination fees over here.their cash flow positive projects.meaning your tax bill may go up a little.bit but your energy savings or the.kilowatt hours that you offset through.use of solar are far higher than that.little bump in the tax in addition to.that it's a job creator and maintainer.so across the state I think we've seen.over 300 based loans go through most of.them are have been for solar many of.them are on farms next slide.I'm gonna skip this one since we already.talked about it that's all right all.right so the repaying I'm glad you have.people on here that actually help with.the replay the paperwork is a barrier it.is doable i as you know some people hire.a grant writer if you're in in Minnesota.or even if you're maybe in Wisconsin or.Iowa you're looking for help you're.welcome to approach us we do have plenty.of resources and templates want to hit.advance one time just for fun I do get I.do get that kind of call a lot where.people throw their hands up in.frustration and this I can't believe you.sent this to me how can you help me and.so my job is to help people get across.the finish line.I often times they'll send them the.documents and you know they'll show me.the vendor corner kind of guide then to.put things in the right places but at a.certain point they might get a little.bit frustrated and call me back and say.can you help me and that's what we do.our job is not to step on the toes of.private grant writers you.if you know several hundred dollars is.stands in the way of you and a crane.application we'd rather that not happen.so we will get you to the point where.the application goes in because you.cannot score if you don't shoot and.that's our objective next slide Oh tax.matters I'll go quickly.uh-huh so everybody knows who you to.know how the twenty six percent.investment tax credit that steps down at.the end of this year it does have a.carry forward provision so if you are.not sure about your tax liability as a.farmer or a real small business you.might want to talk to your accountant to.make sure that you can capture the full.value of that tax credit next slide.depreciation is also really important so.solar is considered energy property.energy property whether it be an oil.derrick or a wind turbine has a.five-year property schedule and that's.relevant because if you maintain your.profitability you you're able to nip.that the upfront value of that front.investment of that solar array over a.five-year schedule in addition to the.investment tax credit which takes.typically shrinks the cost recovery by.several years and in the ideal case it's.usually around like six or seven I've.seen farmers make that cost back and the.technology is Auto mentioned has about a.thirty year lifespan next slide please.[Music].so my particular role here is I like I.said I work for certs but we have an.image an initiative called the renewable.energy for Greater Minnesota program.something that we've been doing this is.our fifth year now I do the solar site.assessments for farms and small.businesses so if we have an initial.conversation kind of do a checklist and.if you have some questions I'll do a.desktop study I will drive out to the.farm to talk to you and kind of walk the.property to see what kind of barriers.may or may not be in a way for solar Ike.I say we do the application of support.for grants like USDA reap and then also.Minnesota does have a livestock.investment grant for.that we've worked with from the past as.well I'll provide you that guidance on.federal tax credits in depreciation and.then talk about other financing.opportunities like this so basically.everything I just told you we help you.with so that's it that's me.if you have any questions and I believe.my time is up Thank You fritz appreciate.that in Minnesota has some really great.programs and incentives so thanks for.shining a light on that next up we have.Jesse candy burrow business service.specialist and energy coordinator with.USDA Rural Development so you get to.hear it from the horse's mouth the next.couple of presenters so USDA in the.house and Jesse is based here with me in.West Virginia so take it away Jesse.Thank You Adam I appreciate being.characterized as a horse I am a huge fan.of equine industry here in West Virginia.we have a variety of different reap.projects and so I really want to focus.on what we're doing with autumn here in.West Virginia and how our program.operates the details of the program have.really been presented but I want to.start with this nice lovely picture of.rural town in America the rural.development is the only agency that can.build a community from the ground up we.have over 40 different programs we used.to be called the lender of last resort.but now we've become one of the largest.lending entities in the world so if you.have any financing needs please feel.free to call me email me and we can help.with a variety of things from rural.utilities to community facilities and.also for energy needs through the reap.program so my main focus is reap you can.go to the next slide autumn it shows my.contact information like I said if you.have any questions comments please feel.free to email me at any time the key to.the reap program.specially in the state of West Virginia.is a word-of-mouth basically our best.outreach tool is shaking folks hands and.getting to know farmers and small.businesses and passing my card out to.folks and if you need assistance in.something else like the community.facilities program or the really Tillet.ease program or even in housing give me.a call and I will assist you and guide.you to the appropriate person and.through overtime I've been working with.the agency for roughly eight years and.I've lived in the state Western Area all.my life so if you're in need of some.type of financial support I guarantee.you that I know somebody and in fact.I've financed something in all 55.counties in the state of West Virginia.and I've been to every county really.proud of that but like I said here's my.phone number here's my contact.information contact me anytime.nextslide so our portfolio in the state.of West Virginia consists of mostly.solar and/or energy efficiency that's.what we've done in the past a couple.years ago we had a lot of energy.efficiency upgrades on a variety of.farms and that was the majority but over.time solar is slowly taken over we.usually provide financing for between 15.to 30 projects throughout the state it's.mostly for small businesses and Main.Street type of businesses so if you're.in that arena that's really work with.the most West Virginia is made up of.small farms we don't have large farms.but those farms are very scrappy and.they focused mostly on niche markets and.solar is perfect for that type of farm.autumn and myself have helped people.throughout the state of West Virginia.and farmers that have green houses or.have high tunnels or cold storage.facilities so these are types of folks.that are trying to work their way.through.marketing or value-added products and.that's a perfect type of solar.installation here in the state of West.Virginia but the current portfolios in.this past year has been predominantly.solar I think 90% of our applications.were solar and I think it is tied to the.tax credits given that small businesses.and farmers can obtain a twenty six.percent tax credit so there are you know.basically 25 percent grant which you.know there's not any major obligations.to the grantee except for the.application process some people think.that it's onerous but other folks.believe that it's pretty simple compared.to other programs it is not as tedious.and usually actually the application.process is more tedious near the.approval process most folks that apply.in a state of West Virginia are rewarded.for the grant we rarely turn anyone away.and the reason being is we have lower.energy costs in a state and so in some.cases energy efficiency is a better.option than solar but one thing I do.want everybody know is that we have.plenty of guaranteed loan funds and I.ask that you work with your local.lenders to possibly obtain at guaranteed.loan for your solar installation or even.energy efficiency upgrade we work with.credit unions we work with any.traditional lender and most notably we.work with community banks community.banks are in need of a guarantee again t.is basically additional collateral for a.loan it reduces the risk for the lender.and I really want to promote this.program because financing is really.important not just for solar but for all.the reap projects and what is key is.working with folks like Adam and folks.like our technical assistance providers.have presented and we work as a team to.help support not just the solar industry.but the farmers and the small businesses.so I think that we're all collectively.working to get.to help support our local businesses.there incentives in the state of West.Virginia however I think that over time.that will change or it could change.autumn has more information than I do on.on that issue but the key in West.Virginia is that we work as a family we.work as partners to help develop these.form of projects and I think I'm really.proud of the efforts that autumn and I.have implemented in the state and my.bottom note here banks and financing are.really important you know those are also.a part of our community the banks and.the community banks the credit unions.these folks need this program to help be.successful.banks really rely upon us for not just.the solar guarantees but for a lot of.guaranteed programs and so get them.involved early you know tell them to.give me a call we're happy to help.support their efforts and they're the.ones that really can pull you through.the process and make this a reality next.slide this is our logo I don't have much.to say but it's a pleasure to present.today and I'm happy to answer any.questions make any additional comments.as needed thank you so much Jesse.appreciate that Masaya a loan specialist.from Pennsylvania all right then you are.good I can hear you all right and I want.to thanks ton as well for having me this.evening I'm Laurie parabati I've been.with row business for about eight years.after retiring under the Air Force but I.have some 12 counties under my belt here.in Pennsylvania I do handle majority of.the.not because I'm any kind of great.marketer just because I have a lot of.farmland within my territory and next.time please okay so just I'm gonna go.over a stuff that we already did but I.just want to drill down a little bit on.some of these other items again you see.the rural small business it has to be in.a rural area where as a producer's can.be pretty much anywhere in the state of.Pennsylvania for example I have a.retired Penn State professor that had a.building he wanted an energy-efficient.grant to put in some new insulation some.new doors windows and then he wanted to.power everything with solar panels which.we did another grant form and he was a.hydroponic growers so he's going.hydroponics ready to Philadelphia cuts.down on a lot of the transportation cost.vegetables were there a lot fresher and.then once he got up and running he asked.for a value added producer grant from us.what you got so he expanded his product.line I guess the point of this is is.that you know I'm trying to get these.folks in the city to and and like Jesse.said word-of-mouth is the only way we.can get there so but that's they want to.get more people in the inner city to.take advantage of our programs at least.the AG producers anyhow next please.so if you go to there was a website up.here but anyhow if you go to our google.usda eligibility area you'll pull up a.map similar to this and you click on.business and you can zero in and keep.clicking in on a specific area or you.can type in an address they don't tell.you whether it's in an eligible area or.not again just google USDA eligible.areas in this map will come up and as.you can see the orange well the orange.territory back in here like in New York.and Philly those are ineligible for.businesses so another.I'll tell you that next please.not so much energy-efficient only just.hit on what Fritz said and and and.that's what's kind of trending in.Pennsylvania is the the lighting the LED.lighting we have a lot of factories a.lot of businesses and even dairy farms.that are switching from the old ink and.a lesson to the LED lighting not only is.it inexpensive and it's easy to to do.the project because of the simple.payback of the project.it usually floats its way to the top of.the funding list and that's important.because we get a lot of our lighting.projects always haven't seen one not.funded yet so but certainly and you'll.see later on here on the slide swallower.by far is our best best seller next.please.eligible project costs as you can see to.the left and right some of the things.that aren't listed in the ineligible is.you know we don't do golf courses we.don't do certain businesses i generate.most of the revenue through gammas.gambling proceeds and some other.businesses that are seedy that we don't.mess with but and we can't do tractors.and things like that but you know when.it comes to solar and and retrofitting.for example I just gave a grant to a.mushroom farm out here and they had.retrofitted panels on their on their.barn so we can certainly do those next.please again we've seen these numbers.before for minimum grant renewable.energy twenty five hundred half mil.grant requests for maximum next please.there are three type of application.levels and with each application level.and the more money you're requesting in.grant funding the more information we.want from you so when you're at the.80,000 or less there's not a whole lot.we need from you.twenty thousand between eighty and two.hundred thousand I don't wanna get into.the technical.side of it we want a little bit more.information about the projects the.feasibility of the project and then when.you get over the $200,000 range that's.what we need you know an engineer to.come in and certify that everything's.going to work great and no roofs are.gonna cave in and things along these.lines next please.so just to give you a snapshot of what.Pennsylvania is doing these days we.received 50 applications 24 of those.were mined by the way thank you very.much.38 or solar 20,000 less or 22.applications and they're competing for.our pot of money was two hundred twenty.nine thousand and there is two pots of.money.make no mistake one is for twenty.thousand less and one is for twenty over.twenty thousand which is called.unrestricted twenty thousand and last.it's easier to get funded with I'm not.going to lie about it I mean it's.there's less work involved in the.application process.although folks like Sarah we you know we.use every day they know exactly what we.want.so I'm welcome when folks like Sarah.submit an application to me because it's.usually like a no maintenance at all so.thank you Sarah but anyhow for the.sixteen over twenty thousand we have a.1.3 million dollar and that's just ate.only and the reason for that is because.like these folks here that are under.$20,000 we funded several of them about.a month ago and then the rest of them.went down to the national office the.national office will pull all the money.from the other states that do use all.their funding so all that money gets.gathered up by the by the national.office and put in a pot and then the the.applications that didn't get funded.compete for that pool and then when.that's done if they still take it fun.and they come back to us at the state.level and then they compete with the.unrestricted which is the over 20,000.and up so that's why I'm saying state.only because there is a chance that.these things get funded national and.I've had several get funded.next please.commercially available technology only.the reason I only put this in is because.what's a while I get sometimes says hey.my uncle designed this system that.captured methane gas from this cow.manure and you know and they have this.type of technology that has been proven.and I'm no engineer myself so I sent it.down to national office they evaluated.say yay or nay so but it's with solar.it's a no-brainer and it's been around.for for a while so next please.I'm not going to get into the funding.dates I will tell you that at least in.Pennsylvania and maybe Jesse correct me.if I'm wrong we have five opportunities.to fund 20 and thousand and less.throughout a fiscal year restricted.which is over the 20,000 there's only.twice a year I mean that's that's what I.that's what we do here I mean I'm gonna.just assume that was that way across the.the conus so so right now we have 20.less competing a national office will.come back compete with the unrestricted.and then the unrestricted will go down.to national arms to compete with those.unused funds and that'll be into the.fiscal year to over so next please.here's this a couple of projects that we.funded before it's one of these sites.has a Michigan slug you know I'm not.sure why but anyhow you can see you know.this is a typical for us for me.personally I do a lot of poultry farms.which makes sense because they have.those huge farms you know and to HVAC.those barns it's a tremendous amount of.energy and I've seen the electric bills.coming from these farmers that just.submit their applications and they're.horrendous I don't even know how they.can forward it but a lot of them will do.the panels and it really will offset.their elect will use and it'll really.next slide thank you.here's another business doesn't say.anaerobic digestor you can go on to the.next one Michigan winery we got so many.wineries around here I'm not sure why.we're using a Michigan one but anyhow.looking pretty good from here.next please a solar farm we're getting a.lot of these actually we're getting.investors that come in and build solar.farms and they sell their power to a.community whether it be a coldest a.community whether it be an assisted.living community but we see investors.coming in really from the west western.part of the United States and they're.setting up shop here and they're dirty.what they're doing well although that's.not what the program's meant for so.don't always score as well as see a.sole-proprietorship farm but we see we.tend to see a lot of the solar farms.popping up next please actually this was.one of my projects this guy took this.picture with a drone but he actually.have had several of these these trailer.plants that they may need to actually.stray lers and he's gotten several from.us this is in Lancaster County by the.way next please.again I think this is mine as well but.you can see all the various uses I mean.it the businesses and farms vary so much.but I do get a lot of the poultry.farmers oh and I wanted to mention also.in that just at the bottom said applied.in fiscal year 2015 did not get funded.reapplied in 2016 got funding so what.does that mean that means like you.submit your application to us and the.Fitz contingent upon funding and you're.not going to do it until you get funded.that's fun you don't get funded then.let's drag it to the next year and.resubmit your application with some up.information and we can go for it again.and next year however if you've already.started your project you cannot or.you've done your project you cannot.submit another application and because.it's already starting I guess the point.being is that once you submit your.application you can start your project.but it also locks you out of submitting.another application for the same project.that doesn't mean you can't add on to.that project down the road or do a.different project like an.energy-efficient one it just means that.you're locked out of that particular.project for us next please.dairy farms again I should have put in.some poultry farms in here but this is.typical but what we see here in.Pennsylvania next please again a feed.mill I think he ended up doing the roofs.on the other one too but there's just.some examples there next please.here's how to apply you can get ahold of.myself or your state you know USDA.representative like Jesse if you're in.West Virginia and they can help you out.although I rely on folks like Sarah.submitting the applications I also take.time out to go to businesses and teach.customers or solar companies on how to.do the applications themselves.occasionally I'll go out and submit it.to a - sit down with a farmer if they.have the time and show them how to do it.if not I kind of walk them through it.day by day and it takes a while but we.get it done so because after they're all.our farmers they're out there working.their butts off trying to just keep.their head above water they don't have.time to be muddling through federal.paperwork that's why people like Sarah.are so valuable next please.oh yes we are an equal opportunity.provider an employer I have to put this.in.next please all right that's me up there.there's my number and you don't have to.be with your pennsylvania to call me and.ask me some things i don't care if.you're from West Virginia or Minnesota.or wherever call me up say hey what do.you think about this and I'll give you.my take on it I'm no big deal.let me just quickly glance at these make.sure I covered everything again I think.Jesse mentioned the guaranteed loan.program which is great because folks.that want to build like an anaerobic.digester or even do a solar farm that.lacked the personal funds to commit to.the project can get from the federal.government up to 75% of the project.costs I mean that's huge and it's a.guaranteed loans so in case of default.the government saying hey we're gonna.guarantee it that makes the bank's sleep.better at night believe you me I think.that's all thank you everybody thank you.Rory.thank you for that and certainly last.but not least we have Christie.Sutherland with prosperity AG based in.Indiana and Kristi is going to share.with us some more of the grant writing.perspective on USDA reap so thanks for.being with us Christie yeah thank you.guys for being patient last name.Sutherland I always get the honor of.going last so I promise you guys I do.have some some new information I knew.going last that there'd be a lot already.covered so there are some slides we'll.skip past but I do have some other.things to add on you would think after.all of this we wouldn't have anything.else to say but a couple of things.couple tips and tricks and stuff so you.can go the next one on them so my.company prosperity AG we are a.consulting service we are not affiliated.with USDA or any other organization we.our full-time jobs our grant writers and.we.have been really successful with USDA.programs particularly reap we do.hundreds of these applications in fact.we've worked in 38 states and two US.territories you know it's it's a similar.program through every state so it's easy.for us to adjust our work to wherever.you're located and so you know we've had.a really great opportunity to connect.with lots of people all across the.United States whether it is for grant.writing for the reap or like one-one.presenter mentioned some feasibility.studies are sometimes required and we.can help with those too especially on.those guaranteed loans because we all.need more of those loans just to be.submitted so you can go to the next one.and and you can skip this everybody's.seen this one talk to just a little bit.about the basics and then I think the.next slide again a little bit about some.of the projects we do see mostly solar.in the projects that we work with but.honestly energy efficiency is the next.highest we do a lot of grain dryers lots.and lots of those people think those.replaced and usually that's a good.introduction to kind of introduce them.to solar because they're looking to.offset as much as they can so a little.bit to talk about the application.process because we haven't really talked.much about what to expect on that as.some people have mentioned it is a very.technical application when you think.grants a lot of people think you know.let us tell their story and they'll be.so excited to fund us it doesn't work.that way with this program you could be.doing the best work ever but it's all.very technical it looks that you know.exactly what you're going to be.offsetting and how this might impact.your operation that way it does seem.very daunting when you get the packet.the the USDA reps are amazing at helping.but you can still get that package like.oh my gosh what did I get myself into.and so sometimes it can just kind of be.like you're speaking a different.language and you just don't really know.what to do.USDA is is great.the rural development folks are there to.help you not all grant programs are like.that you can't always reach out to folks.to get help with an application but USDA.is there but as I'm sure everybody knows.they've got a lot of other things that.they're working on too so the amount of.help will probably depend on our are you.calling a week before the due date are.you are you you know how far along in.the process are you so it's all gonna.depend you know the help that you might.get probably going to vary on on your.project but definitely do reach out to.them I tell everybody they need to know.about your project.they want to hear about it they want to.see if they can give you some tips if.nothing else then you know people like.Laurie and Jesse will know who you are.when their application comes across.their desk so definitely reach out to.them one thing to note is that all.applicants have to have what's called a.Duns number in a cage code these are.incredibly important and incredibly.frustrating a Duns number allows you to.do business with the federal government.the cage code allows the federal.government to direct deposit money into.your bank account the Duns number is.pretty simple but the cage code is is.not fun anybody can probably tell you.that's that's been involved with this if.you put a comma in the wrong place you.guys start all over so definitely start.that as soon as you think you might.apply for the grant program I know some.some rural development offices have been.pretty flexible that have allowed us to.at least start the process and not have.to have it active but those are so key.and and also very frustrating so those.are those are good to know ahead of time.and you can go to the next one and then.so let's talk a little bit about the.timing because it's it's definitely.we've talked about when the applications.are due but there's a little bit more to.that so even though there are due dates.for the applications we can submit that.application at any time if the.application is due March 31st we could.still submit your application April 1st.it's just not.be considered until that next applicable.due date this comes up with us a lot.because people will you know during the.summer they want to get their solar.projects and there's not a due date for.quite a while so it's important to know.you can go ahead and submit it you're.just gonna be waiting a while until you.hear from USDA so basically what we'll.tell people is you have that due date.will come and go.so it let's say for example it is that.March 31st due date you have about 60 to.90 days after that due date to find out.whether or not you got funded every runs.a little different we just usually say.60 to 90 it's kind of like a safe bet so.if you submit your application in June.you've your weight in a year but in all.honesty most of the projects we work.with they are wanting to do this project.no matter what and so that's okay with.them that that they will be waiting so.that's always important to know your.construction though cannot begin until.the USDA receives and accepts your.application so even if we were to submit.it April 1st you we've got to give them.some time to accept it they will review.it to make sure it's complete they're.not gonna score it but they're just.going to make sure it's complete and.then they'll issue you an accepted.application letter so it just says yeah.we've got your application if you're.gonna be doing construction make sure.you you know I'd hear all the.environmental requirements well we'll be.in touch and then you can also not.include any down payments made prior to.that application acceptance in that so.if you do a down payment that's okay we.just can't include that in a grant.request at all and so I know a lot of.companies do require that kind of to.even engineer so that's something we.need to talk through and we can help.people with that of course so all that.being said you can go ahead and get the.project done you can you can start it.you can complete it before you even know.whether or not you got the application.and sometimes I can help when it comes.time to do the follow-up paperwork at.the end and we'll talk about that.so some tips this is always going to.start with a vendor float we can have.conversations you guys can talk to USDA.you can talk to people like Sarah ahead.of time but really we want to make sure.that you know exactly what you're gonna.be installing we can't just come up with.an idea and it's you know say where we.think we're gonna install 50k but we.don't know who's doing it you definitely.need to know who you're using what kind.of equipment they're using all of those.details and and like Sarah said we can.pre score these projects they're so.important to pre score it is a.competitive program I'm sure most states.I don't know of any states that are not.oversubscribed which means they're.getting more applications and they have.money so we want to make sure that if we.do a pre score we have a really good.chance of being funded.now the pre score doesn't guarantee.funding it just means we're giving you.the best chance every state is different.every round is different so we're just.kind of doing our due diligence ahead of.time so once you get that vendor quote.and you kind of feel comfortable moving.forward like we talked about get those.federal registrations started at least.get that you know that ball rolling and.then that's when you're gonna start.gathering your materials there is a lot.of supporting documents with this grant.on top of that the forms that you'll.need to fill out sometimes it just takes.some time you know you've got to get.your tax returns you've got to get your.Articles of Incorporation that can just.it can take some time more time than.most people think and then once you've.got all that together that's when you.can start completing the application.forms you'll want to work with your your.solar vendor you're gonna want to work.with with USDA to ask questions and kind.of put that that together and get all.that completed and then once that's done.you can go ahead and submit that.application and then here's the question.leaders get what happens next.you got a up hacks impatient because it.does take a little while to find out.whether or not you get funded so you.just have to wait it's kind of one of.those will.you don't tell us USDA will notify you.there they're gonna let you know once.once you get funded but calling them.every every week isn't going to help.anything um calling me every week isn't.gonna help anything you know we just.kind of have to be patient with that if.your project is done and installed and.running by the time you get notified.that you've been funded.the USDA will will be notified you'll.get some closing documentation and.everything will kind of flow if you.haven't started prep the construction.project they'll ask for some status.reports as that project is getting.completed and some states will do what.they call a site visit once the project.is complete they'll have you fill out.some of that closing document paperwork.not every state does that it's just kind.of up to preference and then after the.project has been funded and you've.you've got your direct deposit from USDA.there is some annual reporting the nice.thing about solar projects in particular.is there's usually monitoring software.and so you can use that monitoring.software to complete those reports along.with USDA again because you're gonna get.those forms and be like I have no idea.what to fill out here let them know.you're not sure what to do and they'll.help you out okay and then here's the.questions we always get what to expect.if you're using a grant writer you know.we we do so many of these projects that.that's that's usually the question we.get you know what what can we expect.once we move forward with you.so most of us will have some kind of.contract or agreement up front to the.terms make sure you've read that make.sure you're okay with it it's gonna lay.out what exactly the grant writer will.do and what you will be responsible for.your it's going to allow you a.simplified application process.I do dozens of these every round where.you've never done one it could take you.you know 20 hours to do it it could take.me three it just kind of depends on the.project it depends on you know what's.going on I kind of tell people every.single project always has a hiccup of.some sort.we never know.it's gonna be but it's always gonna be.there and in I have the resources or.people like Sarah have the resources to.know how to navigate through that and.and we'll be able to kind of guide you.guys to know like hey we got to start.this early you know if you're calling me.a week before it's due or we're gonna.have a conversation about what do we do.and so kind of the great writers will.act as a navigator for you through the.process we'll be a liaison between the.solar develop solar developer to make.sure we've got the information we need.and then we'll also be the liaison.between the USDA so for the projects.that I work on those USDA reps know to.call me with questions they they're not.going to get the answers they need from.the applicants themselves so they'll.call me which most people would prefer.they're not going to always want to have.you know the USDA call them with.questions and then we're also a contact.to reach out if you get that paperwork.to close out your grant from from USDA.and you don't know what what it is you.know you can reach out to that person.that assisted you with the application.process and that's all I've got I think.I think we've got everything covered at.this point out hopefully excellent thank.you so much Christy that was really.useful and I feel like we covered a ton.of information we rounded it out the.USDA Rural Development right from.Indiana I wasn't able to join us today.but she wanted to make sure I was.shining a light on the solar growth in.that program unfortunately this slide.looks slightly cut off but.oh we're left to our own devices all.right I'm gonna step in and say it seems.like there's been some good questions in.the chat so why don't we go to the chat.and answer a few I guess I'll jump in.real quick on the question of how long.it takes to prepare an application so.Christy Shadow shined a good light on.how it depends every application does.have its issues again each project is.unique and so some projects you know.there's just a wide variability in what.you may or may not already have on hand.like your sands and your Duns numbers if.you're if you're already registered and.you can get right into the system that.is a breeze if you're not it's a process.and a lot of people get caught up.because that's step one but there's also.of course rounding up tax return.information sometimes that can be a bit.time-intensive.our best practice is that we ask each.you know applicant to dedicate a person.who can answer the questions on regular.basis whether that's the business owner.or their administrative assistant.someone.can reach regularly and quickly to to.get through each of these specific steps.and so yeah it's it can take I think for.us we typically dedicate four weeks.but sometimes it takes up to six.sometimes eight weeks it just depends.welcome back autumn we just jumped on.and everyone my power flashed out that.was terrible timing and sorry to leave.you all hanging like that thanks for.covering for me other yeah let me get.back to sharing my screen so I can just.wrap this up I was sharing about reaping.Indiana can everyone see my screen again.yeah great so I continued turn upward in.terms of number of applications.throughout our state's and I just want.to you know kind of wrap up the rudely.interrupted presentation just to give.you a little bit more information about.solar united neighbors and I close the.loop in what kind of services we can.provide in addition to all the great.services that these other presenters.provide to reap participants we are a.501 C 3 non-profit we help people go.solar we educate about solar and we.advocate for solar we work in 12 states.around the nation and we are growing.with the intention of being in all 50.states and serve as nationwide solar.advocates and resources for solar owners.and solar supporters and we help people.go solar a couple of different ways we.develop local solar bulk purchase.programs or binding clubs that we call.solar co-ops and so you can visit our.website axillary united neighbors org to.find out if there's a local solar co-op.available in your area if that's the.case it's a great way to go solar with.the the bulk purchase power of a local.group to get really competitive pricing.and we serve.as a consumer advocate throughout that.entire process and help facilitate those.programs if you're not in an area with a.solar United neighbor Solar co-op don't.despair we also offer individual.consulting and technical assistance.through our membership program so anyone.anywhere can become a neighbors member.and we can help you work through your.individual project that way.we also offer reap grant writing.assistance and technical assistance for.people negotiating that reprocessed can.visit the website solar unite neighbors.that work slash reap to find out more.about the program and what we offer and.there's tonight's webinar being.advertised on the page so you know to.get in the door for our reap services.you become a member which is an $85.annual fee and then we start with a $200.introductory fee and it goes up from.there based on the you know the.complexity of the project and the hours.that are involved and of course.depending on where you're located there.are other wonderful grant writers like.Kristy and Sarah and your USDA Rural.Development and Fritz and Minnesota can.help you with stuff so there's a lot of.different opportunities out there for.assistance if you want to look into this.this reap grant just very quickly.I'll just shine a light on some of our.West Virginia projects with reap funding.diversified fruit and vegetable.operation this was a meet a grass-fed.meat farm that participated in our.National Solar tour which is a really.fun annual event for solar owners all.around the country we're doing some.digital programming as well this year so.there's going to be lots of cool.opportunities to see solar in your.community this fall the first weekend of.October so be sure to check out National.Solar tour org to get involved in that.this is a solar plus storage project.that was funded in West Virginia's.Eastern Panhandle a dog training and.boarding operation.the fish farm that we helped get up and.running with reap funding and in 2018.and he was so happy with it he applied.and got funding for an expanded solar.array the next year as well so that is.the end of our presentation this evening.again I'm autumn long regional field.director with solar united neighbors and.I want to thank each of our presenters.again for spending these hours with us.we are a little bit over time we have.the room until 9:00 so if anyone needs.to leave now presenters I thank you for.sticking with us I do want to make sure.we're able to answer questions that have.rolled in so if you're able to stick.around we can we can talk a little bit.longer with questions that have come in.and hopefully some of those questions.have been answered over the course of.this webinar.I had a few noted down and there was one.question about whether reap funding is.applicable for new energy efficient.appliance installations or if it must be.a retrofit so if somebody plans to.install say new energy-efficient.refrigeration equipment is that.something they could do with reap.funding I'll let one of my panelists.answer that there was a way to do it.you're kidding sit there and look at you.know for example I had a building one.time and the gentleman had another.building that was heated and and the.start of the building wasn't so we.looked at the building that was heated.and we took the historical energy cost.from the other building and applied it.towards the new building to give us an.idea and that was acceptable so I guess.it depends sometimes our regulations are.open to interpretation I think Jessie I.know I have issues with it I got might.say yes to one thing I might have a.co-worker say an to another thing so but.I mean generally speaking for me and I.think it says in the regulations for 280.B that if you can.somebody qualified individual to say hey.this is what it's gonna cost if you had.an old inefficient one in there and.maybe go with that when or if there is.an old inefficient one during another.building that they're using you know you.can always bang those numbers up against.each other so that's been my experience.I think Rory makes a good point there on.the historic usage data that's needed.the USDA needs to see 12 months of.energy you know electricity bills in.order to gauge how much electricity will.be replaced with solar panels so if you.are it's a new construction building and.you know you don't know how much energy.you're gonna use with your refrigeration.systems or whatever it is that you're.using the building for that is tricky.and I'm glad to hear that Rory's up for.those workarounds our USDA directors a.little more picky about that but we try.we we've put a few projects out that.have we've done our best for some.creative interpretations and some have.worked in some haven't so that's that is.more challenging when you don't quite.know how much and and I'll add to that.we even have some projects like Rory.said where we've we compared one to the.other and for a while they worked and.then recently at least the projects that.I proposed in Indiana they said no more.it needs to be something that's existing.so I think the the key here is you need.to talk to USDA to get their.interpretation where you're located.thank you for that really helpful we've.been getting some questions about.whether reap funding can be used for.off-grid solar installations or whether.it needs to be grid tied can someone.speak to that so historically in the.past our regulations did not allow for.it but within the past four to five.years we have allowed for off-grid solar.installations.yeah that's true and we have to you just.you know there's things in there about.Power Purchase Agreements with electric.companies that won't apply to that.particular situation so I mean those are.the things you got to kind of work.around again so those are those systems.are really good whatever you have solar.that is connected to an irrigation.system and it's connected to also an.within a very large farm and they're.used for pumps and assisting in cattle.operations so and that is eligible.batteries and I have had a couple.projects with batteries but as we.mentioned it's very it looks at the.return on investment and that batteries.just skyrocket that return on investment.so that's something that people will.need to weigh and get that pre-scored to.determine is it is it worth applying.with the batteries or do we need to look.at something else so it really depends.on the state that you are in so in West.Virginia the majority the applicants are.awarded so if you do have a low pay back.just as Cristie was describing because.of the batteries and some states you're.gonna get kicked out and that's probably.the case and say Ohio or Pennsylvania.and you may compete in our national.funding pool but here in West Virginia.luckily that would likely be funded so.we've had several battery systems that.were awarded that were connected to.solar installations in our state and.wrap up here if folks had questions for.any of us that you weren't able to get.answered or that you didn't hear the.answer to over the course of this.webinar please follow up with us we'll.be circulating the recording as soon as.it's finalized and available will.include contact information and we've.got a ton of great resources here sort.of the brain trust for our region with.reapz so I really appreciate everyone's.time this evening thank you all for.attending Thank You panelists for your.expertise and we hope you all will.continue the word about solar and the.USDA funding that's available to support.it thanks everyone and good night thank.you.

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