Hay Springs, Nebraska, Aug 22, 2011 -- USDA Rural Development Nebraska State Director Maxine Moul recognized today in Northwestern Nebraska the efforts to promote renewable energy development during a tour of two 20-kilowatt wind turbines in the Hay Springs area, manufactured by Renewegy, LLC. The turbines, owned by Mike Van Buskirk of Y7, LLC and LYK Consulting, Inc., are used to offset the cost of electricity needed to run center pivot irrigation. When not in use to off-set the irrigation load, the energy generated is sold back into the grid.
“This project is a great example of looking outside the box to explore the utilization of local sources of renewable energy that can be used to offset fossil fuel for farming applications. Renewable energy systems come in all shapes and sizes and this application, while only utilizing directly the energy seasonally, is a great fit for this farming operation. We encourage farmers and business owners to explore their own energy portfolio and look for ways to incorporate renewable energy into the mix,” said Nebraska State Director Maxine Moul, USDA Rural Development.
USDA Rural Development’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grant funding of $40,000 was used to offset 25 percent of the equipment and installation costs for the two turbines.
The turbines went online in November of 2010 and are being monitored for efficiency. Annual reporting of energy generation funded by the USDA REAP program is required and will provide educational benefits to others interested in installing similar systems.
“The two operational wind turbines are validation of the tremendous wind resource that is available to Western Nebraska. Farmers and ranchers can use wind to reduce escalating electricity costs for irrigation and other farm operations,” said Mike Van Buskirk.
Contact Marla Marx (308) 632-2195 ext. 1132. Visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/ne/.