Purdue workshop to focus on rural energy efficiency

August 19, 2010

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Rural residents hoping to cut their energy costs or invest in wind energy systems can find out how at a free workshop sponsored by the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service.

The Farm and Rural Energy Efficiency Improvement Workshop takes place from 7-8:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Grant County 4-H Fairgrounds, 1403 E. Indiana 18, Marion.

Workshop speakers include Chad Martin, Purdue Extension renewable energy specialist, and Curt Johnson, area specialist with U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development.

Martin will discuss rural small-scale wind energy and grain dryer energy audits. He will talk about what it takes to decide if a small-scale wind turbine is appropriate for rural farms and residents. Then discussion will shift to how to make the farm more energy efficient, starting with grain drying.

"Energy efficiency is a high priority for us to promote with our energy programs because green energy is a terrible thing to waste," Martin said.

Johnson will address Rural Energy for America, a USDA program that offers grants or guaranteed loans to help rural residents improve their energy efficiency or implement renewable energy systems.

Registration is not required for the workshop, but those interested in attending are encouraged to contact John Woodmansee of the Grant County office of Purdue Extension in order for organizers to gauge participation. Woodmansee can be reached at 765-651-2413, ext. 117, or by e-mail at grantces@purdue.edu

A workshop brochure is available by logging onto http://www.extension.purdue.edu/grant  and clicking on the event link under "Hot Local Topics."


Writer: Steve Leer, 765-494-8415, sleer@purdue.edu

Sources: John Woodmansee, 765-651-2413, grantces@purdue.edu  

                  Chad Martin, 765-496-3964, martin95@purdue.edu

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Keith Robinson, robins89@purdue.edu
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