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October 7, 2012

Farm briefs: Oct. 7, 2012

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The workshop is free and open to the public, and it is anticipated that one Department of Environmental Conservation pesticide applicator recertification credit will be available for attendees needing recertification credits. Attendees are urged to dress for the weather.

Free technical assistance for biomass energy offered

PLATTSBURGH — The New York Biomass Energy Alliance is inviting individuals, groups and businesses interested in developing New York’s green energy sector to apply for technical assistance grants that will pay for the engineering, design, feasibility and financial analysis, and other technical assistance needed to move their projects closer to commercialization.

This may apply to landowners looking to profitize uncultivated grass fields, business owners with start-up plans to provide centralized heating for rural communities, entrepreneurs interested in developing biomass processing and storage facilities and innovators with an eye toward developing biomass processing but needing to identify end-users. 

“The funding pays to connect project leaders with experienced professionals who understand energy production, combustion, heat transfer, sustainable feedstock crop handling, business model evaluation, end-user marketing and regional economics,” said New York Biomass Energy Alliance Executive Administrator Alice Brumbach.

Technical assistance will be awarded on a rolling basis. Successful applicants may work with specialists to assess and/or improve project design, to scale-up a project for commercial application using up to 20,000 tons of biomass annually, or to develop strategies for securing project financing and loans.

“Biomass crops and applications become more and more important as New York State transitions to a green energy economy. The New York Farm Viability Institute is pleased to support this program that enables project developers to move forward with feasibility assessment, barrier identification and success strategies,” said NYFVI Managing Director David Grusenmeyer.

More information and grant application are online at www.newyorkbiomass.org/default.aspx?PageID=3478.

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