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$550,000 for Rural Minnesota Energy Efficiency Improvements
Minnesota Ag Connection - 09/11/2020

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director for Minnesota Brad Finstad announced that USDA is investing $558,552 to make energy efficiency improvements and reduce energy costs for farmers, ag producers and rural-based businesses and institutions in rural Minnesota.

"By improving the energy efficiency of farms and businesses, energy expenses are decreased and new opportunities for improvement are created elsewhere," said Finstad.

In Atwater, family farm owner Dean Summerlet will use a $42,625 grant to purchase and install a grain dryer that will save the farm $50,362 per year and will replace 1.2 million kWh (80%) per year, which is enough electricity to power 110 homes.

In rural Wright County, Intex Corporation will use a $14,448 grant to purchase and install an energy optimization system for the existing generator of the family-owned asphalt and cement crushing business. These improvements will help save the business $20,592 per year and will replace 335,238 kWh (8%), which is enough energy to power 31 homes.

In Stevens County, family farm owner Jarrod Asmus will use an $11,481 grant to purchase and install a grain dryer that will save the farm $16,887 per year and will replace 338,676 kWh (62%) per year, which is enough energy to power 31 homes.

In rural Zumbrota, amily-owned crop farm Lodermeier Farms LLC will use a $20,000 grant to purchase and install a grain dryer that will save the farm $10,923 per year and will replace 220,417 kWh (46%), which is enough energy to power 20 homes.

In Otter Tail County, family farm owner Michael Haarstad will use a $29,975 grant to purchase and install a new grain dryer that will save the farm $30,052 per year and will replace 589,885 kWh (51%), which is enough energy to power 54 homes.


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