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Online One Stop Shop helps farmers reduce energy use

By Staff | Dec 9, 2012

CEDAR FALLS – A new online resource helps farmers on small to mid-sized operations identify potential energy reduction for their farms, learn how other farmers have achieved energy savings, and find resources for farm audits, utility rebates and funding opportunities.

The web site is www.uni.edu/ceee/farmenergy/onestopshop

The Farm Energy Working Group is facilitated by the Center for Energy and Environmental Education at the University of Northern Iowa and supported by a grant from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University.

The One Stop Shop resource is based on a request when the working group formed four years ago, according to FEWG coordinator Carole Yates.

“The resources on our website are comprehensive and based on information farmers told us they wanted in one place,” she said. “One of my favorite resources is the farmer success videos four short videos of Iowa farmers telling what they’re doing to reduce fossil fuel use and replace it with energy efficiency and renewable energy.”

The resource also includes Farmer Success Stories in a printable format about farmers’ use of wind energy, solar hot water and solar electric, a corn-burning boiler, wood-burning boiler to heat an insulated greenhouse, and a passive solar vegetable storage space.

The working group has supported small demonstration grants for several years and information from those projects are also available.

“Many farmers want to know where to get a farm energy audit,” Yates said, “so we have links to the list of Iowa energy auditors from the Rural Energy for America Program, links to private company auditors, as well as farm auditors from utility companies.”

Farmers also will find resources for energy efficiency and renewable energy grants and loans as well as federal and state tax credits, including Iowa’s new solar tax credit initiated last July.

Farmers will also find a link to all Iowa utility incentives and rebates through the Database of Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency.

For more information visit the Farm Energy Working Group’s One Stop Shop at www.uni.edu/ceee/farmenergy/onestopshop.

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