Second Farm Energy Auditor Training Program
With support from the Minnesota Department of Commerce – Division of Energy Resources, we are pleased to announce our second Farm Energy Auditor Training Program. The first such program in the State of Minnesota and one of the few in the country, The Minnesota Project put on its initial round of training last year and saw immediate interest with a full class of students and a sizable waiting list besides.
The Farm Energy Auditor Training Program serves to increase the number of farm energy auditors available to Minnesota agribusinesses, boost farm energy efficiency activity, and qualify farmers for efficiency funding. Individuals interested in or already engaged in the energy efficiency field, are invited to apply.
UPDATE: The application period is now closed.
For a look at the job of a farm energy auditor, please watch this short video that we produced last year: http://youtu.be/NW0rO0APktk
And for photos from last year’s site visits, see our Facebook page.
Our program offers training on energy efficiency matters tailored to farm operations and rural livelihoods, including:
- Eight energy efficiency training modules on auditing poultry, beef, swine, dairy, greenhouse, and grain operations, as well as grocery and convenience stores (each approximately 2 hours).
- Technical instruction from and access to experienced Professional Engineers and Certified Energy Managers working in agriculture.
- Access to specially designed energy auditing calculators for future auditing projects.
- And, new this year: A one-year software license to EnSave’s Farm Energy Auditing Tool (FEAT) software to streamline energy audit reporting for agricultural energy management plans under the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service – Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), along with how-to training on the FEAT software by EnSave staff.
Classes will be delivered online through on-demand webinars (video and slides) to avoid unnecessary travel. Each class is roughly two hours. Webinars are scheduled once-weekly for eight weeks from March 4 to April 30 and trainees will be able to watch at a time convenient to them. Program staff will be available each week by phone to answer questions and give feedback on learning.
Coursework also includes three hands-on site visits where trainees will gain experience with conducting a farm energy audit. Site visits can be expected to last four to five hours. In addition to site visits and scheduled calls, discussion and learning will be facilitated through an online training hub and discussion board.
- Program tuition is $350. Trainees will qualify for a $350 tuition rebate, plus $150 bonus incentive (a total value of $500), upon successful completion of their final project, an on-farm energy audit.
- Fifteen seats are available. All levels of experience are welcome to apply.
- March 3-9: Session 1 Window (Intro/Dairy Pt. 1)
- March 10-16: Session 2 Window (Dairy Pt. 2/Beef)
- March 15: Site Visit 1 – near Hutchinson, MN (Dairy)
- March 17-23: Session 3 Window (Swine)
- March 24-30: Session 4 Window (Poultry)
- March 26: Site Visit 2 (Poultry)
- March 31-April 6: Session 5 Window (Grain Drying)
- April 7-13: Session 6 Window (Greenhouse)
- April 14-20: Session 7 Window (Convenience/Grocery Store)
- April 18: Site Visit 3 (Greenhouse)
- April 21-27: Session 8 Window (FEAT Software & Grantwriting)
- April 30 & May 2: Makeup dates, if needed
Schedule subject to change. Note (Feb. 27): The date for Site Visit 1 has been updated to Friday, March 15. With the remaining, students will be provided at least two weeks’ advance notice regarding exact site visit dates and locations.
The deadline to apply is 11:59 PM, February 24. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance the week of February 25 to March 1. To apply, download a Word document or a PDF of the application and email/scan or mail to:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
- Mail: The Minnesota Project, 1885 University Ave. W., Suite 315, Saint Paul, MN 55104
For further information contact: