Energy

Tipsheet and Guides:

Massachusetts Farm Energy Best Management Practices Guides
This series of Farm Energy Best Management Practices (BMPs) from the MA Farm Energy program walk through considerations for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects on farms in the Northeast. These documents are organized by sector and based on the experiences of Massachusetts farmers as they make upgrades to farm infrastructure to save energy and money and set up renewable energy systems across the state.

Consolidated Refrigeration
This tipsheet came from a workshop that CISA did in partnership with the MA Farm Energy program and includes factors to consider before replacing reach in freezers or coolers with a walk in freezer or cooler.

Reducing Energy Costs in Agriculture
University of Mississippi Extension
A tipsheet for decreasing your farm’s energy bills without overhauling the system you currently use.

Additional Resources:

Massachusetts Farm Energy Program
MFEP provides assistance to farmers and agricultural businesses to: increase on-farm energy conservation and efficiency; promote alternative and renewable energy strategies for on-farm energy generation; and reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions.
Check out this Farmer’s Guide to Funding checklist.

UMass Extension
The Agriculture and Landscape Program has a lot of information about renewable energy. Resources, networks, grants, research and more.

Center for EcoTechnology
This western Massachusetts organization is committed to helping members of the community live and work in more sustainable ways. Find tipsheets, resources, events and contacts who can help you transition to a new energy system or simply help you cut costs using your current system.

American Wind Energy Association
A detailed guide to a variety of small wind projects.

Penn State: Increasing Energy Efficiency
Penn State’s list of helpful articles, tipsheets and grants for coping with rising energy costs by using simple ways to increase your farm’s energy efficiency

ATTRA: Renewable Energy Resources and Guides
ATTRA is a program developed and managed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). The majority of funding for ATTRA is through a cooperative agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service. ATTRA is also partially funded through sales and subscriptions of a portion of ATTRA materials and through contributions from friends and supporters. ATTRA is committed to providing high value information and technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, Extension agents, educators, and others involved in sustainable agriculture in the United States.

Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)
The goal of REAP is to provide financial assistance in the form of grants and guaranteed loans to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for purchasing and installing renewable energy systems and making energy efficiency improvements. This REAP Fact Sheet offers more information.

Grants:

DSIRE: Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency
DSIRE is a comprehensive source for information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.

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