Council Announces Schedule for Grass Energy Workshops
From July through September this year, ten workshops will be held across a ten county region to discuss how and why grasses can be harvested and turned into heating fuel. For a relatively small expenditure, farmers, rural businesses and people interested in using a renewable energy source can use grasses to meet their heating needs.
These workshops will feature two 2-hour sessions, at 10:00 and 1:00. Sessions will consist of an indoor presentation on how grass pellets are made, types of equipment needed, costs, results which can be expected, and potential government support available to help with equipment acquisition. Presentation will take about 60-80 minutes.
The workshop will then move outdoors, showing participants pellets actually being made using equipment which can be purchased locally. This demonstration will take less than an hour. There is no charge to attend, with registration beforehand encouraged at http://www.pnercd.org/.
The dates and locations of the upcoming workshops are:
The Lands at Hillside Farm (N. Luzerne County) 8/13/2016
65 Hillside Road, Shavertown, PA 18708
Lackawanna County Conservation District 8/17/2016
1038 Montdale Road, Scott Twp., PA 18447
Monroe County Conservation District 8/24/2016
8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg, PA 18360
Northumberland County Conservation District 8/27/2016
441 Plum Creek Road, Sunbury, PA 17801
Wayne County Conservation District 9/10/2016
648 Park Street, Honesdale, PA 18431
Carbon County Environmental Education Ctr 9/17/2016
151 E White Bear Drive, Summit Hill, PA 18250
One More Location TBA (watch website for date and place – http://www.pnercd.org)
Attendees will leave with an understanding of the grass pellet process, familiarization with the equipment used, potential costs and information on how to get grants and/or loans through the REAP program of the US Department of Agriculture.
The Wayne Conservation District Board approved a change to the Districts’ review fees for the Erosion and Sediment Control program. There were no changes in fees with this revision. The change that was approved was for plan revisions and modifications to plans.
For a copy of the fee schedule click the link below.