USDA awards energy funding to 31 South Dakota recipients

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Huron – Thirty-one South Dakota applicants have been selected to receive $940,880 in grants from USDA Rural Development through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Funds will be used to install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements that will promote energy conservation.

“These projects will assist the state’s rural economy by reducing energy consumption,” said South Dakota Acting State Director Bruce Jones. “Investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects supports home-grown energy sources, creates jobs, and reduces greenhouse gas pollution and helps usher in a more secure energy future for South Dakota.”

Eligible agricultural producers and rural small businesses may use REAP funds to make energy efficiency improvements or install renewable energy systems, including solar, wind, renewable biomass (including anaerobic digesters), small hydroelectric, ocean energy, hydrogen and geothermal. Additional information on the Rural Energy for America Program may be found at http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-energy-america-program-renewable-energy-systems-energy-efficiency/sd or contact Darlene Bresson, USDA Rural Development Energy Coordinator, darlene.bresson@sd.usda.gov; (605) 886-8202.