Appearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry yesterday, Mark Olinyk, President of Michigan EIBC member company Harvest Energy Solutions, testified in support of the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) in the 2018 Farm Bill. He said that REAP’s inclusion in the 2014 Farm Bill was critical to his business’s success.
According to Olinyk, “REAP has been a component of nearly a quarter of our business.” He further said, “Not only is it critical to our bottom line, REAP allows our clients to save electricity, save money, achieve greater efficiencies, and make their operations more stable, less risky, and more profitable.”
REAP grants and loans help farmers and rural businesses invest in renewable energy systems or make energy efficient improvements. Olinyk further said that the program helps to grow the clean and efficient energy industry and create jobs in rural America. The reauthorization bill will have to pass out of Committee before being moved to the full Senate, and then the House.
Harvest Energy Solutions designs, sells, and installs solar panels for its agricultural and rural customers.