BISMARCK, ND, Aug 17, 2011 -- USDA Rural Development State Director Jasper Schneider today announced that grants have been awarded to five recipients in North Dakota for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).
“With the awards announced today, the selected businesses will improve how they operate and increase overall efficiency,” Schneider said. “The REAP investments will lessen our reliance on foreign oil and promote North Dakota produced energy.”
REAP provides grants and loans to farmers and businesses for energy conservation and production purposes. Program funding may be used to replace outdated equipment, obtain energy audits, conduct feasibility studies, acquire renewable energy systems and incorporate energy-saving practices into business operations. The following five recipients received grants:
• Farmers Union Oil Company of Hazleton, ND: $11,096 grant to assist in the purchase and installation of two flexible fuel pumps.
• Burnt Creek Nursery in Baldwin, ND: $12,373 grant to assist with the purchase and installation of geothermal system.
• 5T Farms, Inc. in Jamestown, ND: $20,000 grant to assist in the purchase and installation of a small wind turbine.
• Keith Jacobson of Hope, ND: $19,787 grant to assist in the purchase and installation of a small solar and small wind hybrid renewable energy system.
• Ronald Elijah of Lisbon, ND: $17,956 grant to assist with the purchase and installation of a small solar renewable energy system.
The energy program received $255 million in mandatory funding over the life of the 2008 Farm Bill with $70 million available nationwide for Fiscal Year 2011. At least 20 percent of REAP funding each year must go to grants under $20,000.
Further information on rural programs is available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting More information on the REAP program, which was authorized under the 2008 Farm Bill, is at: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/BCP_ReapResEei.html.