The Office for the Advancement of Sustainable Energy at JMU, formerly known as the Center for Wind Energy, works around the state of Virginia and the mid-Atlantic region to bring awareness to wind energy, solar energy and energy storage and efficiency.

A grant given from the U.S. Department of Agriculture permits the office to find some of the individuals initially interested in the Rural Energy for America Program. The office is identifying individuals in Floyd County, Virginia, who’d be eligible for the funding and have the necessary land to support a renewable energy system.

REAP allows any agricultural producer, small business owner or electric operative to apply for a $30,000 grant. It can be used for a wind or solar energy system.

“It supports projects that would allow these entities to install a new energy system, such as wind or solar, on their own property where the energy produced is for their own use,” Jonathan Miles, director of the Office for the Advancement of Sustainable Energy at JMU, said.

Dustyn Vallies, outreach and development manager for the Office for the Advancement of Sustainable Energy at JMU, is working with farmers and small business owners to give them access to REAP.

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