Norfolk and Beatrice, Nebraska, Apr 15, 2011 -- For farmers, lenders, small businesses and others interested in small-scale renewable energy projects, one-day conferences will provide information about what technologies are available and how they can be applied. The conferences will be held April 26th in Beatrice and April 28th in Norfolk.
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, including flexible fuel pumps; hear from local resource providers; and gain a step-by-step understanding of the project development process.
The Beatrice workshop will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Express located at 4005 North 6th, Beatrice. The agenda will wrap up at 5:30 p.m. The Norfolk workshop will also 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 in Gage and Madison Counties.
Pre-registration is due by April 20th for the Beatrice event and April 22th for the Norfolk event for an accurate meal count. The $20 registration fee pays for materials, lunch and snacks. To register for the Beatrice workshop, complete a registration form and send it with the fee to the Gage County Extension office 1115 West Scott, Beatrice, NE 68310. Registration forms can be obtained by calling the Extension office at 223-1384, or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.To register for the Norfolk event, 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 by e-mailing email@example.com. Registration forms for both events can be found online at: http://bioenergy.unl.edu
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: Robert Byrnes, Nebraska Renewable Energy Association, Oakland, 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 (NPPD)), Columbus, will cover capturing methane from livestock, food, and other renewable waste materials.
· Geothermal: Steven Zach, Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD), Columbus, will address utilizing the ground’s heat to heat and cool facilities.
· Bio-energy: Adam Smith, Nebraska Forest Service, Lincoln, will focus on bio-heat or bio-power applications, such as pelletizing for fuel or burning for power.
· Flexible Fuel Pumps: Phil Lampert, Phil Lampert Consulting (former Executive Director of the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition), Jefferson City, MO (Beatrice workshop) and Robert White, Renewable Fuels Association, Omaha, (Norfolk workshop) 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-Jon Dixon, Dixon Power Systems, Lincoln (Beatrice workshop) and Robert Byrnes, Nebraska Renewable Energy Association, Oakland, (Norfolk workshop) will go into further detail regarding the process of installing wind and solar systems.
· Financing Renewable Energy Systems: Local lenders and USDA Rural Development representatives will discuss analyzing renewable energy projects and discuss available financial incentives and funding programs
such as pelletizing for fuel or burning for power.