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Seminar Offers Training To Fund Alternative Energy Projects, 1/21, Missoula

January 13, 2009View for printing

There are multiple funding sources available to finance the construction of environmentally friendly buildings or upgrade existing structures to make them “green.”

A free seminar about this topic, “Funding Alterative Energy Projects: Grants, Loans, Incentives & Tax Credits,” will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, at The University of Montana College of Technology. The event will be in Health and Business Building Room 01 at the COT’s East Campus, located in at 909 South Ave. W. in Missoula.

The first of a three-part series, the event will be simultaneously webcast at Miles Community College, Stone Child College in Box Elder and the Montana State University-Billings College of Technology. The first seminar will discuss:

* how to access state and federal incentives for renewable energy.

* federal grants and feasibility study funds.

* the Alternative Energy Revolving Loan Program.

* utility interconnection requirements and net metering rates.

* coordinating projects with local utilities and accessing state and federal incentives for renewable energy.

Panelists during the event will include Michelle Felde, First Security Bank; Ross Holter, Flathead Electric Cooperative; Heather McMilin, homeWORD; Kathy Montgomery, Montana Department of Environmental Quality; Larry Oswald, Montana-Dakota Utilities Co.; and Dave Ryan, NorthWestern Energy and the National Center for Appropriate Technology.

The seminar will benefit contractors, carpenters, homeowners, electricians, plumbers, real estate agents, home-improvement retailers, architects, environmentalists and others.

The other two free seminars in the series will be “Passive Solar Construction” on Feb. 4 and “Small-Scale Renewable Energy Applications” on Feb. 18.

The series is a collaboration between the COT’s Energy Technology and Carpentry programs. It is funded by a federal Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development grant distributed by Montana’s Commerce and Labor departments. Other funding comes from a Building Industry Training grant.

Additional sponsors are First Security Bank, the Missoula Building Industry Association, Missoula Electric Cooperative, the Montana Renewable Energy Association and NorthWestern Energy.

Contact: Mary Opitz, UM College of Technology, 406-243-7812, or ... 99&Itemid=9
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