In partnership with San Isabel Electric and Tri-State Generation & Transmission, Energy Smart Colorado is implementing a USDA grant.
Through this grant, eligible rural, small businesses may qualify for a discounted energy audit and additional rebates. This program may also enable a business to apply for a USDA REAP (Rural Energy for America Program) grant.
To determine if your business qualifies for the small business energy auditing assistance program, follow these Small Business Eligibility Steps:
- Visit the USDA eligibility site. Once you enter the page, click on “rural business”, then click on the first set of programs. Accept the Property Eligibility Disclaimer and enter the physical address of your building. A pin will pop up and confirm the address is located in an eligible area. (Most businesses in communities with a population that does not exceed 50,000 are considered a rural business.)
- Confirm your business meets the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Small Business size standards by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). Per these standards: A private for-profit entity, including a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, or cooperative may be eligible.
The business may be, but need not be, a San Isabel Electric customer.
Agricultural producers are excluded from this grant program, but are encouraged to seek assistance through the Colorado Agricultural Energy Efficiency (AgEE) Program.
The Small Business Energy Auditing Assistance Program is just one of the programs offered through Energy Smart Colorado. This enrollment form allows a business to sign up for the small business energy auditing assistance program or an energy site visit or obtain advising from one of our local Energy Smart partners.