WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development approved four grants totaling $1,049,841 to finance water infrastructure and renewable energy projects throughout North Dakota.
The four grants approved are:
Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa was approved for a $1 million grant to finance projects to improve the water supply on the reservation located in Rolette County. Water mains on the reservation will be replaced with significantly larger pipes that will boost water volume and velocity within the system, and this will increase water pressure for consumers and also decrease the possibility of contamination due to a low-pressure system. Once completed, these improvements will provide a much safer and reliable water supply system to the 8,669 residents of Turtle Mountain. The Bureau of Reclamation has also provided additional funding to the amount of $814,764 for the same purpose.
Northern Plains Electric Cooperative has been approved for a grant of $20,000 under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Loans and Grants. This grant will be used to purchase and install LED security lighting systems leased to members of the company. The new lighting systems will save $7,851 and replace 128,071 kWh (50 percent) per year.
Dakota Valley Electric Cooperative, Inc. received a grant totaling $19,531 from the USDA under the REAP Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Loans and Grants program. This grant will also fund the purchase and installation of new security lighting leased to members. The completed project will replace 120,976 kWh (49 percent) and save $7,790 per year.
Naastad Brothers, Inc. has been given a grant for $10,310 to improve energy efficiency at its Hatton office location.
The REAP Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Loans and Grants program of the USDA is designed to invest into and develop renewable energy systems in rural areas.