|Jul 26, 2012 --
Ethanol 85 gasoline was not available within 30 miles of Paxton, Nebraska. The region contains two ethanol producing plants. Those plants help supply jobs and support the local economy. A need existed to offer the product to consumers and thereby support the ethanol plants.
Through the Section 9007 Rural Energy for America Program, fiscal year 2011, Rural Development was able to provide Paxton Pit Stop with a renewable energy grant of $10,382 or 25% of the total project cost. The grant, along with the applicant’s funds, made the installation of the new pumps happen.
Dennis Campbell, owner, estimates the added product will increase his fuel sales by 25-30% annually and support the two ethanol plants in the region.
Dennis said “Within the first week my sales increased substantially because of adding E85 and the installation of card readers. The card readers have offered customers the additional option of purchasing fuel 24 hours a day.”