Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Opportunities


Platte, SD - An informational workshop on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Opportunities for South Dakotans will be held in Platte the evening of Wednesday Feb. 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m.. The workshop is geared for both rural and town dwellers alike and will be held at the Platte Community Center Banquet Hall, 310 S. Main St., Platte, South Dakota.

The goal of the workshop is to provide area farmers, ranchers, homeowners and businesses people with the latest information on renewable energy and energy efficiency opportunities. Some of the issues that will be addressed are: What is the payback if I install this size wind generator? Should I lease my land for an electrical transmission line? Should I form or join a Landowner Wind Association? Are my home and buildings energy efficient? How can the local Electrical Cooperative assist me?

Workshop Speakers include: Steve Wegman, SD Wind Energy Association, on leasing land for large wind projects, prospective transmission line locations across SD and using infrared thermography to identify energy losses in buildings; Doug Auch with D&Z Energy Systems in Lesterville will share cost and performance information on solar energy systems and the small wind turbines they install; Ronnie Hornsta, President of Southeast Dakota Wind LLC will give a briefing on how they organized and started their Landowner Wind Association in the Avon, Tyndall, Tripp area and how things are progressing; the topics of renewable energy and your electric cooperative along with energy audits for your home, business and farm will be presented by Russell Gall with Charles Mix Electric Cooperative.

The workshop will close with a question and answer session by the panel of workshop speakers starting at 8:30 PM. Local attorney Ken Cotton has also agreed to be on the panel to help answer potential questions from the workshop participants.

USDA Rural Development information on their Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy grant and loan program will be available.  Electric Cooperative energy saving information will also be available. This workshop will provide information and contacts for farmers, home owners and business owners to improve energy efficiency and/or install renewable energy.

It is sponsored by the Randall Resource Conservation & Development Association; Brule/Buffalo, Charles Mix, Douglas County and Gregory County Conservation Districts; SD Cooperative Extension Service – Douglas and Charles Mix Counties; Charles Mix Electric Cooperative;  SD 25x’25 Energy Alliance; and the South Dakota Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils.

For more information contact:
Jeff Stewart, Randall RC&D
(605) 487-7077 ext. 4

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