Edith Monroe, writer for Corn and Soybean Digest, published an article earlier this summer on the benefits of applying for a REAP (Rural Energy for America Program) Grant (1). She contacted us to get connected with an operation that had been through the process, from grant application to implementation. We caught up with Ron Heck and discussed his thoughts on REAP and the auditing process (2).
Ron Heck (Perry, IA) received his energy audit from TEG two years ago to include in his REAP grant application. And as Edith puts it, he’s “already reaping from the benefits”. Our audit identified that his operation wasn’t sized for optimal efficiency; he dryers were under-sized, resulting in excess energy costs. His grant application was awarded a grant and Ron was able to replace his grain drying equipment with more efficient units. Ron was pleased with the process and would recommend it. He learned that there’s value in operations like his routinely evaluating the process, – looking for ways save energy and reduce costs.
Edith was a pleasure to have in the office. Her article does a wonderful job highlighting the importance of energy efficient farm equipment and applying for a REAP Grant. To read the complete article, following the link: http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/energy/finding-gold-energy-conservation-three-biggest-energy-users-grain-farms-are-tillage-grain-dry.
1. More information on REAP can be found at: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/bcp_reapreseei.html or you can contact Chad Kloberdanz at our office, firstname.lastname@example.org | 515-250-5449
2. As part of REAP Grant requirements, applications for many projects must include an energy audit performed by a Certified Energy Manager.