Renewable Energy & Efficiency Assistance

Program Overview

As the cost of energy inputs continues to rise, Washington’s farmers and rural small businesses are looking to renewable energy and energy efficiency to meet their operational needs. Pierce Conservation District is working with nonprofit Northwest SEED to help local farms and businesses generate their own clean energy.

The Rural Energy for Washington program can help agricultural producers and rural small businesses explore opportunities to install renewable energy systems and upgrade to energy efficient equipment. In addition to providing free project consultations and project development assistance, the Rural Energy team can connect participants to grants, utility incentives, tax subsidies, and financing to help complete projects – and avoid pitfalls along the way.  

USDA Rural Energy Program managers look over Tahoma Farm’s solar installation, a product of a REAP grant.

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"NW SEED walked me through every step of the USDA grant application process making it so much easier than trying to do it on my own," said Rawley Johnson, owner/operator of Early Bird Farm.  "Our farm now has grant funding to install solar panels on the barn!"

Clean Energy Makes Sense (and Cents)

Renewable energy and energy efficiency make good economic sense. These technologies lower operating expenses, hedge against energy price increases, and bolster sustainability. The addition of federal tax credits, USDA grants, and local incentives can make clean energy projects a win-win scenario – good for your business, and good for the planet. Join farms and businesses across the Pacific Northwest that are reaping the benefits of clean energy! 
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Program Eligibility

Participants must be located within Pierce, Thurston, or King Counties and meet the USDA criteria for an agricultural producer or rural small business.
  • To qualify as an agricultural producer: Must receive 50% or more of annual gross income from agricultural operations. 
  • To qualify as a rural small business: Must be located in an eligible rural area and meet industry-specific standards established by the Small Business Administration

Next Steps

  • Already have a project idea? Fill out an Assistance Request Form to tell us about it! After you submit your form, Pierce Conservation District staff will follow up with more information.
  • Interested in learning more? Attend an outreach event to learn about clean energy and how it could work for your business. Check out our upcoming events here:  January 19th in Rainier, Thurston County, tabling at the Pierce County Farm Forum on February 22nd at the Puyallup Pavilion. 
  • Want a free energy audit? Email for more information.