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Energy Fair for Businesses & Farms is March 8th

Event to Focus on Energy Efficiency and Renewables for Businesses and Farms

Please R.S.V.P. if you plan to attend or to request meeting materials
(R.S.V.P. form at end of article)

PLAINVIEW, MINNESOTA— The Plainview Economic Development Authority will be hosting an Energy Fair Thursday, March 8th from 1 to 4 p.m. at Plainview City Hall.  Information about how to reduce energy costs, energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies specifically for commercial businesses, industry and farms will be presented.

Members of Minnesota’s Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) and the University of Minnesota’s Regional Sustainable Development Partnership will present information on the PACE program, Renewable Energy grants and programs for Greater Minnesota, and the RETAP Energy Audits.

Staff from Peoples Energy Cooperative will also be on hand to talk about steps that can be taken immediately to conserve and/or reduce energy consumption.  The Fair also includes a presentation about distributed energy resources from Plainview’s Common Sense Energy.

The PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) program is a new way to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades to the buildings of commercial property owners. Energy-saving measures pursued by owners receive project financing and are repaid as a separate item on their property tax assessment for a set period.  PACE eliminates the burden of upfront costs by providing low-cost, long-term financing.

The USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase or install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements.

Businesses, institutions and communities can receive environmental facility assessments and sustainability assistance through the services of retired professionals who volunteer their services to the Minnesota Retiree Environmental Technical Assistance Program (RETAP) program. Services are provided at no cost to clients.

This event is free and open to all area businesses and staff from local government units and community institutions.  For more information, or to register, please contact the Plainview EDA at (507) 421-6564 or email plainveweda@gmail.com.  Registration information will also be available  at www.plainvieweda.org.

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