USDA REDA Assessments
SOPEC is excited to be the first and only Ohio recipient of the USDA REDA grant, with $100,000 in funding from the USDA to help local small businesses and farms develop energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. As a result, SOPEC is excited to partner with UpGrade Ohio to find projects that make sense for our local farmers and business owners, and offer simple financing plans with large energy savings and quick payback periods from lower utility bills. UpGrade Ohio staff will work with local small business owners and agricultural producers to discuss their energy needs and utility bills, and see if investment into energy efficiency improvements or renewable generation under the USDA REAP grant makes sense for their business. If your small business or farm is located in a SOPEC community, you can visit UpGrade Ohio here to learn more and learn how to receive a free project site assessment to apply for USDA REAP grant and loan guarantee support.
In Ohio’s retail electric market, mercantile customers are a commercial or industrial customer if the electricity consumed is for nonresidential use and the customer consumes more than seven hundred thousand kilowatt hours per year or is part of a national account involving multiple facilities in one or more states. SOPEC can help commercial service account holders negotiate lower rates on their existing mercantile accounts.