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South Dakota

Incentives/Policies for Energy Efficiency

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Energy Efficiency Revolving Loan Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 06/27/2012
Program Overview:
State: South Dakota
Incentive Type: State Loan Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Energy efficiency upgrades to building envelope, mechanical and lighting systems
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Water Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass, Geothermal Heat Pumps, CHP/Cogeneration, Solar-powered appliances
Applicable Sectors: Nonprofit, Schools, State Government, Institutional
Terms:0% interest
10 year maximum
Funding Source:Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant
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Note: The first round of applications was due April 12, 2010. A new round of loans will be available once the loan fund has been replenished.

South Dakota offers loans to nonprofits, schools, and government agencies located in South Dakota to pay for energy audits, energy efficiency improvements, and renewable energy installations. Loans must be repaid within 10 years, and carry a 0% interest rate. The loan program is available to all K-12 school districts, South Dakota Technical Schools, and community-based nonprofits.

Renewable energy projects must be built on site at government buildings. The capacity of such systems are limited as follows:

  • Photovoltaics: Must be "appropriately-sized" on an existing rooftop or parking shade structure, or a maximum of 60 kW if located on the ground within the boundaries of a government facility.
  • Wind turbines: Must be 20 kW or smaller.
  • Solar thermal: Must be 20 kW or smaller.
  • Solar thermal hot water: Must be appropriately sized for small buildings.
  • Ground source heat pump: Must be 5.5-ton capacity or smaller. Horizontal, vertical, ground, or closed-loop systems are eligible.
  • Combined heat and power: Must be appropriately sized for the building where it is located.
  • Biomass thermal - Must be 3 MMBTU/hour or smaller. Must use Best Available Control Technologies.

Applications are available on the program web site. Reporting, job creation, Davis Bacon Act, and all other Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant requirements apply.


  Michele Farris
Office of the State Engineer
523 E. Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: (605) 773-3466
Phone 2: (605) 773-5980
Web Site:
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Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project.

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