UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State Extension’s Renewable Energy Team announces plans for a series of one-day workshops on Farm Energy. They will be full of information sharing and discussion around topics to help farms, rural businesses, and communities address energy opportunities and needs. Sponsored by the PA DEP’s energy office and the US DOE State Energy Program, they will be held at multiple locations around the state, as follows:
April 7th – Berks County Extension Office, Leesport
April 17th – Mercer County Extension Office, Mercer
April 24 – Troy Sale Barn, Troy (Bradford County)
May 8th – Washington County Food Bank, Brownsville
Each workshop will cover opportunities for improving the efficiency of the use of electricity, natural gas and other fossil fuels, as well as the potential to displace part or all of your electric bill with renewable energy. Leasing of land for solar projects, which has been a hot topic of late, will also be covered.
“Energy is one of the few costs that farmers have a lot of control over” said Dan Ciolkosz of Penn State Extension. “These workshops will help farmers see what options they have and how their choices can impact their farms.”
Options to find financial support from USDA with the costs of installing a system will also be presented. Tables staffed by the experts will be available to help answer questions and provide additional information.
The program runs through the day and admission includes access to the vendor and display area along with a tour of a nearby farm that features implemented energy efficiency and/or renewable energy measures.
For more information or to register please visit the web site https://extension.psu.edu/farm-energy-day or call 1-877-345-0691. The $10 registration fee includes lunch. If you have questions or would like to represent your company or organization contact Ed Johnstonbaugh at the Westmoreland County Extension Office (firstname.lastname@example.org, 724-837-1402).
–Penn State Extension, Westmoreland County