U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director for Minnesota Brad Finstad Tuesday announced nearly $75 million in rural electric utility infrastructure projects to improve electric reliability and resilience for more than 60,000 customers across Minnesota. Agralite Cooperative is among the recipients receiving a $14,712,000 loan to build eight miles of line, improve 70 miles and make other system improvements, including nearly $2.7 million in smart grid technologies.
Agralite serves more than 5,200 residential and commercial consumers over 2,428 miles of line. The service territory is primarily rural with a focus on farming, recreation and commercial industry that includes an ethanol plant, commercial dairy farm and turkey production facility. Finstad’s announcement is in coordination with the $1.6 billion in 46 projects to improve electric reliability and resilience in 24 states.