News Release
Release No.STELPRD4017899
ContactTammi Schone605-352-1102
Huron, SD, Aug 16, 2012 --

@@South Dakota USDA Rural Development State Director Elsie M. Meeks announced that USDA Rural Development is providing grants to 8 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in South Dakota under the state allocation for Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).

“These grants will assist farmers, ranchers and rural small businesses in developing renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements to their operations,” said Meeks. “South Dakota farmers and businesses have the opportunity to become more profitable by replacing outdated equipment that will generate and/or save energy.”

Meeks announced $133,000 in grants to 8 recipients. 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:

Funding is contingent upon the recipient meeting the conditions of the grant agreement. Listed below is a complete list of South Dakota REAP recipients announced today:

    • Drake Company LLC based in Platte will receive a grant of $14,089 to install a ground mounted Solar PV Array (solar) which will provide energy for the business;

    • Vogt’s Repair based in Armour will receive a grant of $17,692 to replace a HVAC system, lighting, and thermal envelope of repair shop building;

    • Martins, Inc. based in Brookings will receive a grant of $7,698 to replace 1 of 3 gas pumps with a flex fuel pump;

    • Earth Goods based in Hot Springs will receive a grant of $4,021 to replace a freezer with a more energy efficient one;

    • Ulti-Med/ShinAmerica based in De Smet will receive a grant of $8,273 to upgrade lighting in the facility to increase energy efficiency;

    • Flagshooter LLC based in Garretson will receive a grant of $35,638 to install a wind turbine and photovoltaic array (Solar) to produce electrical energy for the business;

    • Larry Sorensen based in Flandreau will receive a grant of $14,227 to construct a geothermal heating and cooling system for the farm’s workshop; and

    • Koeppe Seeds based in Claire City will receive a grant of $31,362 to decrease energy usage 69% by replacing an old inefficient seed dryer with a new efficient dryer.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an active portfolio of more than $172 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural areas.