JACKSON, Neb. | Siouxland Ethanol, LLC has received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to support energy and energy efficiency projects.
The rural Jackson, Nebraska plant will use the money to install an additional fermenter and cooling tower and to upgrade an existing beer-masher unit, according to a USDA news release.
The grant is part of 39 other renewable energy grants from Nebraska's USDA Rural Development that totals nearly $962,000.
In June, the Siouxland Ethanol board of directors approved an $8 million expansion it is projected to boost capacity by an additional 15 percent.
Along with ethanol, the latest expansion will boost the plant’s output of corn oil and distillers grain, which is sold as feed for livestock.
The plant currently produces 20 million pounds of corn oil and more than 160,000 tons of distiller’s grains per year. It also buys more than 21 million bushels of corn from local farmers.
Siouxland Ethanol’s 24/7 facility is backed by some 700 investors, most living within a 100-mile radius of the plant near Jackson.