Energy Audit Opportunities


Investment grade agricultural energy audits for Hawaii rural small businesses and agricultural producers are available for those interested in energy efficient practices.

Through a $100,000 federal grant via the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Energy for America Program, the energy audit initiative will provide approved farms, agricultural producers and other rural small businesses with an investment grade audit that will examine current energy usages, provide detailed project costs and savings calculations, and recommend energy savings conservation measures.

As part of USDA requirements, applicants will be responsible for paying a small share of the audit cost upfront, which will be calculated on a business-by-business basis. Upon completion of the audit, the applicant may be able to recoup the audit participant share through incentives from Hawaii Energy’s Whole Building Assistance program.

The energy audit program is a partnership between DBEDT, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Hawaii Energy and GDS Associates.


FAQs on Energy Audits for Rural Small Businesses and Agricultural Producers

Energy Audit Application (Fillable Form)

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Eligibility Information

Eligibility for this program is limited to small businesses located in rural areas and agricultural producers (farms, etc) in rural and urban areas.

Agriculture businesses do not have to be rural to qualify for the energy audit funding. An agricultural producer is an individual or entity directly engaged in the production of agricultural products (crops, livestock, forestry products, hydroponics, nursery, and aquaculture) whereby 50% or greater of their gross income is derived from the operations.

Small, non-agricultural businesses must be located in a rural zip code in order to qualify. The USDA defines a rural area to be “a community of fewer than 50,000 people not located within a larger metropolitan area.” A private entity is considered a small business in accordance with Small Business Administration’s Small Business Size Standards.

Non-profit businesses are not eligible for USDA-REAP grants or loans for renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements.

Small business eligibility may be determined from the interactive map and zip codes maps below which list zip codes for urban areas. If your zip code is shown as an urban area, you are not eligible. If you are uncertain of your eligibility, please contact Bethany Reinholtz at the address below.

Use the following maps to check if your small business is in a qualifying rural area (any area not in an urban area).

Interactive map by zip code (best viewed in Firefox or Chrome)
Kahului, Maui
Urban Honolulu and Kailua-Kaneohe


Email completed application to Bethany Reinholtz at or fax to 608-233-7262.

Or mail your completed application to:

Bethany Reinholtz
GDS Associates, Inc. (DBEDT Contractor)
440 Science Drive, Suite 400
Madison, WI 53711

Questions? Please contact:

Bethany Reinholtz, GDS Associates
Toll free 800-441-8525

Elizabeth Raman, Hawaii State Energy Office

James Bac, Hawaii State Energy Office