BISMARCK, ND, Sep 16, 2011 -- USDA Rural Development State Director Jasper Schneider announced today that more than $140,000 in grants have been awarded to four recipients in North Dakota for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).
“Business operations that become more energy efficient will increase profitability and create new opportunities for economic growth,” Schneider said. “These investments will improve efficiencies and lessen our dependence on foreign oil while promoting North Dakota produced energy.”
The energy program seeks to provide funding to projects that incorporate energy-saving practices into business operations. The grants will assist in replacing old, inefficient grain dryers which will provide energy and cost savings while preserving higher yields. In addition, the grants will be used to replace conventional gasoline pumps with blender pumps to offer customers a variety of ethanol fuel choices. The following is a breakdown of the award recipients:
• Gordy’s Inc. (Mapleton, N.D.): $35,704 grant. The grant will assist with the purchase and installation of five flexible fuel pumps. The project will replace all of the existing gasoline and diesel pumps.
• Town & Country Cooperative of Steele County (Cooperstown, N.D.): $22,310 grant. The grant will assist with the purchase and installation of four flexible fuel pumps. The project will replace all of the gasoline dispensers at the Cooperstown location.
• Dan Ecker Farm, Inc (Grandin, N.D.): $50,000 grant. The grant will assist in the replacement of an existing grain dryer with a new energy efficient dryer. This project will produce an annual energy savings of 44%.
• Joel Halvorson (Galesburg, N.D.): $33,127 grant. The grant will assist in the replacement of an existing grain dryer with a new energy efficient dryer. This project will produce an annual energy savings of 54%.
REAP funding can be used for renewable energy systems, energy efficiency improvements, feasibility studies, energy audits and renewable energy development assistance. More information on the REAP program, which was authorized under the 2008 Farm Bill, is at: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/BCP_ReapResEei.html.