Gov. Dennis Daugaard recently announced that $950,000 will be made available to retail fuel stations in South Dakota to assist with the costs of installing ethanol blender pumps and associated infrastructure, and the GOED will begin accepting applications for the grant program on Jan. 9.
?This program is a terrific way to promote renewable energy and value-added agriculture in South Dakota,? said GOED Commissioner Pat Costello. ?We hope that by assisting our retailers, consumers will choose ethanol more often and therefore support South Dakota?s economy.?
Grant awards up to $25,000 are available for installation of a station?s first blender pump. Grant awards up to $10,000 are available for installation of each additional pump. The majority of the grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis; the final 20 percent will be awarded competitively.
Informational meetings will be held this month in Aberdeen, Huron, Watertown, Sioux Falls, Yankton, Mitchell and Rapid City. For an application and complete program guidelines, visit sdreadytowork.com/blenderpumps.aspx