Montana Workshop Covers Funding Renewable Energy Projects

The United States Department of Agriculture has USD $23 million in grant money available nationwide under the 2004 Farm bill that can go towards renewable energy projects. A free workshop in Montana hopes to shed some light on the application process for the state, and region’s agricultural community.

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality, along with U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind Powering America and GeoPowering the West Programs, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and USDA-Rural Development is offering a free workshop to help individuals are groups to prepare applications for grants. The workshop will cover an overview and specifics of the grant program including: applicant and project eligibility, grant cost-share and fund use and the actual application process. There will be technical resource sessions specific to wind, solar, biomass, geothermal and energy efficiency projects. You will also learn about current Montana rural energy initiatives. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, May 24 from 9:30 am until 3:30 pm at the Great Northern Best Western Hotel located at 815 Great Northern Blvd in Helena. The workshop is free but registration is requested by May 20. Visit the link below for electronic forms. Registration forms can be faxed to 406-841-5091 or email electronic registration form to kmontgomery@mt.gov.

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