Sign up for energy stimulus incentives

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By Rick Greenwell

The Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy announces that American Reinvestment and Recovery Act funds are available to Washington County farmers on approved energy efficiency cost-share items.

Washington County is one of 49 counties that will not have held or completed a sign-up period for the County Agricultural Investment Program (CAIP) prior to Nov.15, 2009.  Therefore, farmers in Washington County may apply directly to the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy (GOAP) for these energy stimulus incentives.

The energy stimulus 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 Oct. 15, 2009 will be eligible for reimbursement.

Sign-ups for the 2009 Energy Stimulus Incentives will be Nov. 2-13, 2009.  Washington County producers may pick up an application, starting Nov. 2, at their County Cooperative Extension Office or visit agpolicy.ky.gov to download an application.  All applications should be submitted directly to GOAP, 404 Ann Street, Frankfort, KY 40601. 

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 UK College of Agriculture and a Rural Electric Cooperative.  A representative from USDA Rural Development and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet will each serve in an ex officio capacity.

All applications meeting the minimum requirements of eligibility will be considered for funding.  If the total eligible applications exceed the available funds ($850,000), then the committee will rank the applications using the scoring criteria.  Applicants will be notified of their approval.

Any energy stimulus funds remaining after the 2009 sign-up will be made available to producers in all Kentucky counties in 2010.  Additional information will be disseminated once it is available.

If you have any questions about this application process, then please contact Bryan Thomas at (502) 564-4627 or bryan.thomas@ky.gov.