There are many barriers restricting local farmers, ranchers and citizens from developing renewable energy.
South Dakota has one of the best wind resource in the country and has the same solar resource as many states widely considered being some of the sunniest like Florida and California. Lately there has been a rush to develop these resources with large out-of-state owned wind farms. Unfortunately in the rush, local South Dakotans have been ignored, forced to blaze a path for themselves.
Check out this fact sheet to learn about the significant benefits to locally-owned renewable energy.
There is a lot South Dakota can do to help develop local projects. Check out this fact sheet to learn about one of those policies, net metering.
DRA will be increasing our efforts to address different policy options. If you currently produce your own energy, or want to be sure to join DRA and contact Sabrina at firstname.lastname@example.org or 605.716.2200 to get involved with our energy committee!