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Funding blows in for Lake Andes study

By Northern Plains News Service

LAKE ANDES — Pioneer Energy LLC, of Lake Andes, has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a feasibility study to build a 99-megawatt wind farm.

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Founded in 2009, Pioneer Energy is developing the Lake Andes Wind Facility near Lake Andes.

According to its website, Pioneer Energy’s proposed site anticipates using 33-36 large turbines. It is located approximately two miles northwest of the Fort Randall Dam.

The company was the only South Dakota grant recipient among awardees for projects in 22 states that will help agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce their energy consumption and costs. U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack made the announcement Wednesday.

Funding will also allow producers to use renewable energy technologies in their operations and conduct feasibility studies for renewable energy projects.