Solar for farms and small businesses

Farmers and Rural Small Business Owners — Learn about financing solar on your property with USDA Rural Energy for American Program (REAP) Funding.

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Dogs at Chilbrook Kennels in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, play in front of a ground-mounted solar PV array.

Are you a farmer or rural small business owner? Ever thought about going solar? Become a member of Solar United Neighbors and we can connect you with the resources you need to bring solar energy to your farm or business.

How we can help you go solar

Become a member of Solar United Neighbors to access our resources and staff assistance to help you go solar. Our Heartland Regional Field Director, Autumn Long, can provide expert, vendor-neutral information to help you understand your options and compare proposals from solar installers. We also help identify and apply for grant opportunities and guaranteed loan-financing programs available for agricultural producers and rural small businesses. Questions? Contact Autumn directly at [email protected].

We support, advise, and advocate for our members throughout the entire process of going solar with:

Grant-writing assistance

Our team is ready to help you qualify for financing assistance for your solar energy projects, through programs which can:

Tommye Lou Rafes of T.L. Fruits and Vegetables in Caldwell, West Virginia, shows off her solar-powered produce.

Answers to your solar questions

In addition to our in-state field staff, Solar United Neighbors members receive unlimited access to our Solar Help Desk, which provides one-on-one support for all your questions about going solar. We are a nonprofit – not a solar installer or sales company – and our experts are unbiased and independent. Our Solar Help Desk can help you review installer proposals and answer questions like:

  • How much will my solar system cost?
  • Should I install a rooftop or ground mounted system?
  • How can I finance my solar project?
  • How do I choose an installer?
  • What permits and approvals will I need?

Become a member for just $85/year and we can help your farm or small business go solar and save!
Join Solar United Neighbors!

“The REAP program was a deciding factor,”

– Tommye Rafes, who went solar as part of Solar United Neighbors’ Lewisburg (WV) Solar Co-op in 2017. Tommye and her husband Richard installed a 21kW solar array on their farm with the help of a USDA REAP grant. She estimates the investment will pay for itself within about six years.

“[REAP] could be an answer to more rural businesses trying to stay in business,”

– Debby Kay of Chilbrook Kennels in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Kay used REAP funding to add solar and battery storage to her business in 2017.

Learn more

Watch the video below to hear from our Heartland Regional Field Director, Autumn Long, and learn more about how Solar United Neighbors can help you access programs available to help finance your solar project.