About this course

While the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) has been around since 2002, it received a major boost with the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act that quadruples funding over the next ten years. Farmers and small businesses located in rural areas are eligible to apply for the grant which could cover up to 50% of a project's costs, in addition to the 30% federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC). That's a major incentive for rural customers to add solar to their operations.

The team at Solar United Neighbors (SUN) has produced this introductory course to explain the program, eligibility requirements, application information, and tips to make your eligible customer's application successful.

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Course outline

1 module • 10 assignments • 29 minutes of video lectures

Module 1 • 8 assignments
Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for Solar Companies

  • Introduction to the REAP Grant (29:46 minutes)
  • Download our REAP guide
  • Explore the REAP grant eligibility map
  • Identify your state's USDA Energy Coordinator
  • Learn about USDA REAP loan guarantee program
  • Learn about SUN's Solar Help Desk
  • Turning solar customers into solar advocates💪
  • REAP Quiz!


  • Solar United Neighbors

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    Solar United Neighbors is a national nonprofit that represents the needs and interests of solar owners and supporters. We’re a community of people building a new energy system with rooftop solar at the cornerstone. We help people go solar, join together, and fight for their energy rights. Learn more

Frequently asked questions

How does this course work?
This is a free course. Enroll today and get access to all of the materials instantly. The lecture video and other materials are available any time.
How long do I have access to the materials?
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Is there a certificate of completion?
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Can I register multiple people?
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Based on 17 reviews
students have taken this course

I really appreciate the level of detail the Solar United Neighbors team used to explain the basics of the REAP grant. It's an excellent resource for rural small businesses, farmers, and the solar companies that serve them.

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