USDA Rural Development will hold an energy grant workshop in Caliente on Feb. 24 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at the Lincoln County Nevada Cooperative Extension Office, 360 Lincoln Street.

Energy Coordinator Mark Williams will provide a brief overview of the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), a USDA grant and loan program that can pay up to 25 percent of the project costs to build a renewable energy system or improve energy efficiency. Small rural businesses, farmers and ranchers are eligible to apply. The public is welcome to attend.

The systems the grant can fund are either for renewable energy systems, like solar, hydro and wind power, or for systems that increase energy efficiency—such as variable speed drives for well pumps or new energy efficient lighting, heating or air conditioning systems.

For more information contact Mark Williams at (775) 887-1222 Ext. 116.