Roeslein Alternative Energy unveils plans for Horizon II Project in northern Missouri

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Roeslein Alternative Energy (RAE) successfully launched its Horizon II information session on March 1, attracting approximately 75 individuals eager to learn more about this innovative sustainable agriculture initiative.

A pilot project led by RAE seeks to lease 6,000 acres of highly erodible land this year in the Grand River basin of northern Missouri and southern Iowa, ground that will ideally have previously been planted with soybeans. RAE plans to convert the land to native prairie, which will be sustainably harvested as feedstock to produce renewable energy. Horizon II will also provide incentives to grow cover crops on production agriculture land that will also be harvested for renewable energy.

During the event at the Hundley-Whaley Extension and Education Center in Albany, Missouri, RAE founder Rudi Roeslein outlined the company’s vision for Horizon II. He emphasized the project’s potential to transform highly erodible land into income-generating and environmentally restorative prairie landscapes, which are also exceptional wildlife habitats, benefiting both landowners and the wider community.

Multi-dimensional Horizon II Project – Advantages Over Other New Energy Sources

“Horizon II is about more than just renewable energy,” Roeslein explained. “It’s about providing environmental resources for our land, revitalizing rural economies, and creating a haven for wildlife. We’re excited by the positive response from landowners who share this vision.”

This multi-dimensional approach is significantly more beneficial than energy-only alternatives like wind or solar. The RAE team received a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities program, which provides funding for the project.

Steve Mowry, RAE’s Director of Land Development and Prairie Establishment, delved into the financial benefits for participating landowners. He explained the $160 per acre annual rent and additional revenue from harvesting prairie biomass.

 

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Landowners will have no out-of-pocket cost for converting their participating acres to native prairie. The harvested native prairie biomass will be feedstock to create Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) at a Horizon II anaerobic digester system to be located in Gentry County, Missouri.

The session concluded with a Q&A, giving attendees the chance to address their questions and concerns directly to the Horizon II team. The enthusiastic response illustrated the potential of this groundbreaking project to bring positive change to the region.

Landowners with highly erodible land interested in participating in Horizon II, especially those planning to plant soybeans in 2024, are encouraged to contact Steve Mowry directly at [email protected] or 816-830-6900.


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