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Release No. STELPRD4021865
ContactSamantha Evenson(701) 893-2220
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(AUG. 16, 2013) USDA ANNOUNCES 8 ENERGY SAVINGS GRANTS FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES
North Dakota recipients receive over $200,000

Bismarck, N.D., Aug 08, 2013 -- Jasper Schneider, USDA Rural Development state director, announced today that eight recipients have been selected to receive over $200,000 in grants to implement renewable energy and energy efficiency measures in their operations. The funding is provided through USDA Rural Development’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).

“These projects will produce cost savings and reduce energy consumption that will help preserve our natural resources,” Schneider said. “Business operations will become more energy efficient while increasing profitability and promoting economic growth.”

Under the terms of REAP, up to 25 percent of an eligible energy production or conservation project can be funded through a grant. Today’s announcement includes geothermal and wind projects. The other grant recipients will use the funding to replace old, inefficient grain dryers which will provide energy and cost savings while preserving higher yields. The following list is a breakdown of the award recipients:

    Jeff Andersen: $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 40 percent.

    Ihry-Juliuson, LLP: $48,750 grant. The grant will be used to install a small wind turbine. The project will result in energy generation for direct use of 112,200 kilowatt’s per year.

    Kevin Landeis: $20,000 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 61 percent.

    David Hagemeister: $20,000 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 35 percent.

    Larry Wahl: 20,000 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 67 percent.

    Thane Dockter: $15,609 grant. The grant will be used for a geothermal closed-loop system for direct use in a farm shop. The project will produce 48,681 kilowatts.

    Philip Hoff: $13,250 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 36 percent.

    Richard Slater: $12,497 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 52 percent.

REAP, authorized through the 2008 Farm Bill, provides loans and grants for farmers, ranchers and rural small business owners to purchase and install renewable energy systems, make energy-efficiency improvements, conduct feasibility studies and energy audits. These federal dollars are leveraged with other funding sources for the projects. For more information, visit www.rurdev.usda.gov/nd.

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