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Free Webinar Will Explore Utility Rebates Available to Farmers

February 13, 2012

Over the past couple of years, farm energy efficiency rebate programs have become more prevalent throughout Minnesota. Rural electric cooperatives have been working hard to help their customers make cost effective energy efficiency upgrades to their operations. However, some confusion still exists regarding how these programs work.

Close up of electric meter by Mike Del Gaudio, Flickr Creative CommonsSo, to help clear up some of that confusion, we’re hosting a free one-hour webinar on February 22nd at 12:30pm. The presentation will touch on a number of questions, including:

  • Why are electric cooperatives offering these programs?
  • How are rebate programs designed and delivered?
  • Are certain technologies more eligible for rebates than others?
  • What type of information is necessary for the best possible rebate?
  • What type of payback time is needed to qualify for a rebate?
  • Can equipment dealers or contractors help with the rebate process for their customers?

Additional information will also be offered regarding the programs available in Minnesota and how electric cooperatives, farmers, and related business owners can work together to everyone’s benefit.

The webinar’s presenters will be:

Jake Fischer, Clean Energy Program Manager from The Minnesota Project, will provide insight on the background of the state policy that has pushed rebate programs to the forefront and will also talk about this year’s USDA-REAP and EQIP energy efficiency funding programs.

Dave Gruenes, Stearns Electric Association’s District Manager, will give the electric cooperative perspective on the value of these programs and how farmers and other interested stakeholders can work to best take advantage of the programs’ offerings. Dave will offer insights into the inner workings of an energy efficiency program, and provide advice on the best ways to utilize the programs – both as a farmer and as a business working with farmers.

The presentation will be given in an online webinar format, which allows you to view slides and hear the presenters through your browser or – for those without a computer or if you just wish to call in – through a toll-free conference line. We expect it will be a good opportunity to answer questions people may have about energy efficiency, especially as it relates to the programs available for farmers.

Registration is free, and anyone who is interested is welcome to participate. To register go to and enter your name and registration info on the page to receive a personal webinar access link. Or you can also contact Jake Fischer at 651-789-3330 for the free call-in number and access code.

One Comment leave one →
  1. shaunmdaniel permalink
    March 14, 2012 2:23 pm

    If you missed our webinar a few weeks ago on rebate programs for farm energy efficiency upgrades, you can watch a recording of it online. Check it out!

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