Grant funding farm and business energy audits

Partially subsidized investment grade energy audits for state agricultural producers and rural small businesses are currently available.

Through a $100,000 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Energy for America Program, the energy audits will examine current energy usage, recommend actions and investments to reduce energy usage, and show associated energy savings and financial returns.

“The state is leveraging the USDA grant to provide interested farms and rural businesses with an investment grade energy audit that will help them in their efforts to seek financing for the recommended projects and save money over time,” said Richard Lim, director of the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.

As part of USDA requirements, applicants will be responsible for paying upfront a small share of the audit cost, which will be calculated on a business-by-business basis.

Upon completion of the audit, the applicant may be able to recoup the upfront cost of the audit through Hawaii Energy, the state’s energy conservation and efficiency program, which has augmented this federal grant with a $25,000 commitment.

To learn more about the criteria and timeline for the audit and to download an application form, visit DBEDT’s website at

The energy audit program is a partnership between DBEDT, the USDA, Hawaii Energy and GDS Associates.