Minnesota Project to hold Farm Energy Auditor Training Program
With support from the Minnesota Department of Commerce-Division of Energy Resources, The Minnesota Project announces its 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 an 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.
As an individual engaged in the energy efficiency field, we would like to invite you to apply.
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.
--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 software to streamline energy audit reporting for agricultural energy management plans under the USDA's Natural Resource Conservation Service Environmental Quality Incentives Program, along with how-to training on the FEAT software by EnSave staff.
Classes will be delivered online through an on-demand webinar (video and slides) to avoid unnecessary travel. Webinars are scheduled once-weekly for eight weeks from March 4 to April 30. Coursework also includes three hands-on site visits.
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 the final project, an on-farm energy audit.
Fifteen seats are available. All levels of experience are welcome to apply.
The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m., Feb. 24. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance the week of Feb. 25 to March 1. More information, including a schedule and application, can be found on our blog, Centered on Sustainability at http://minnesotaproject.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/second-farm-energy-auditor-training-program. Please direct applications and questions to Shaun Daniel, program associate, at 651-789-3324 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Fritz Ebinger, program manager, at 651-789-3330 or email@example.com.