Norfolk, Nebraska, Mar 25, 2011 -- For farmers, lenders, small businesses and others interested in small-scale renewable energy projects, a one-day conference April 28th at Norfolk will provide information about what technologies are available and how they can be applied.
The conference is intended for farmers, ranchers, small-business owners, economic developers, lenders, equipment vendors, grant writers, and county officials. Attendees will learn about small-scale renewable energy technologies; hear from local resource providers; and gain a step-by-step understanding of the project development process.
The workshop will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. at the Lifelong Learning Center located on the campus of Northeast Community College, 601 East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk. The agenda will wrap up at 5:30 p.m. with optional tours of NPPD’s operation center or Nucor Detailing, followed by a grant writing workshop at 6:30 p.m.
The conference is co-sponsored by U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development and UNL Extension.
Pre-registration is due by April 22th for an accurate meal count. The $20 registration fee pays for materials, lunch and snacks. To register, complete a registration form and send it with the fee to the Madison County Extension office 601 East Benjamin Ave, Suite 105, Norfolk, NE 68701. Registration forms can be obtained by calling the Extension office at 370-4040, or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Speakers will discuss key steps in the project development process, including resource assessment, the permitting and certification process, and financial considerations. Topics and speakers will include:
-Wind: John Richards, Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD), Columbus, will speak about current technologies, on-site usage and federal and state incentives.
-Solar: Jeremy Anderson, GenPro Energy Solutions, Piedmont, S.D., (invited) will discuss solar photovoltaic and solar thermal applications, as well as when a solar hybrid is a good decision.
-Methane: Frank Thompson, Consultant, formerly with Nebraska Public Power District, Columbus, will cover capturing methane from livestock, food, and other renewable waste materials.
-Geothermal: Steven Zach, Columbus, will address utilizing the ground’s heat to heat and cool facilities.
-Bio-energy: Doak Nickerson, Nebraska Forest Service, Chadron, will focus on bio-heat or bio-power applications, such as pelletizing for fuel or burning for power.
-Flex-Fuel Dispensers: Robert White, Renewable Fuels Association will discuss the demand for biofuel being driven by the Renewable Fuels Standard, plus discuss available fueling infrastructure programs, incentives and opportunities for expanding fueling sites.
-Wind/Solar Installation-Robert Byrnes, Nebraska Renewable Energy Systems will go into further detail regarding the process of installing wind and solar systems.
-Financing Renewable Energy Systems: USDA Rural Development and a local lender will discuss analyzing renewable energy projects and discuss available financial incentives and funding programs.