Wind Energy Workshop for Colorado’s Eastern Plains

On Thursday, April 20, renewable energy and financial experts will conduct a free workshop, “Small Scale Wind Project Development and Financing,” to promote renewable energy and financial opportunities to Colorado’s Eastern Plains.

The workshop is targeted to landowners interested in harnessing wind energy in projects sized 35 kW to 300 kW, as well as those interested in learning about renewable energy grant opportunities from the Farm Bill. The workshop will be held at Burlington’s Old Town Museum from 10:00 a.m. to noon. The workshop is hosted by the Colorado Governor’s Office of Energy Management and Conservation (OEMC) and the Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). OEMC will begin the workshop with its “Small Wind Applications Guide” that covers the steps necessary to put up a wind turbine in three different phases. A question and answer period, led by Trudy Forsyth, a senior project leader in small wind energy research and development with NREL, will follow the viewing of the Guide. Linda Sundine, business and community programs specialist from USDA Rural Development, will work through a USDA Sample Grant application for projects under $200,000. Under the Farm Bill, Rural Development administers the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Guaranteed Loan and Grant Program. This program provides funding to farmers and/or small businesses to assist with renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Please RSVP to Darlene Scott at 719-346-4644 by April 19.

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