Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Local Expert Shares Information on Finding Grant Money

Local Expert Shares Information on Finding Grant Money
It’s easier than ever to find grants for energy efficiency, but you have to know where to look.

MAYFIELD, PA, May 9, 2009 – Area residents interested in exploring alternative forms of energy for residential use but who don’t know where to find grant money to help afford it will find some answers at the upcoming Northeast PA Energy Solutions Expo to be held on June 13th and 14th, 2009, at the Luzerne County Fairgounds in Dallas, Pa. The event is hosted by the Pocono Northeast Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council in association with the Endless Mountains RC&D Council, non-profit organizations advocating natural resource and community sustainability in Pennsylvania. During the event, Ryan Koch, Pocono NE RC&D Coordinator, will present “Financing Opportunities for Renewable Energy Applications.”

Koch, an executive with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, will provide key information that residents must know to save on their utility bills in the future.

“Energy costs are one of the most costly, if not the most costly, expenses that home renters and homeowners will face,” Koch said. “There are several ways people can approach curbing or reducing their energy usage to save money on their energy bills. There are energy conservation measures one can implement, or one can convert their current energy application to a renewable energy system.”

He added that renewable energy systems can require significant up front capital to implement, but there are financial opportunities available to assist people in making the transition. His presentation will provide information on financing opportunities for homeowners to convert or implement renewable energy systems.

The Energy Solutions Expo is open to area residents of all ages and will provide a range of educational opportunities, including free adult continuing education units from Wilkes University for those who attend any of the many educational seminars presented during the show. In addition, around 60 area organizations and businesses will have booths at the show, providing information on many products and services that benefit area residents.

The Energy Expo will provide a forum where area residents can learn about conservation and alternative energy solutions. The event will provide presentations and seminars on many energy topics, including solar energy, wind energy, geothermal energy, biomass energy, green building design, energy audits, farm energy audits, biofuels, transportation efficiency, state/federal tax credits, and financing. Exhibits will be provided for children that are fun and educational.

The event will cost $5 per adult with children under 12 free. If you have questions about the Expo, please visit http://www.pnesolutions.org or contact the Pocono Northeast RC&D Council at 570-282-8732 ext. 4.
About Endless Moutains Resource Conservation & Development CouncilThe Endless Mountains Resource Conservation and Development (EMRC&D) Council was established in 1967 and included Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, and Wyoming Counties. In 1992, Lycoming County was added to the area. The RC&D Program is unique combination of private enterprise and Federal assistance that encourages the blending of natural resource use with local economic and social values. Program objectives address improving the quality of life, including social, economic and environmental concerns; continuing prudent use of natural resources; and strengthing local citizens' ability to utilize available sources of assistance through Federal and State agencies, and other public and private entities. The RC&D Program provides a form of "facilitated self-help" for conservation and economic development in communities across the Nation essentially serving as regional rural development organizations.

About Poconos Northeast Resource Conservation & Development Council
The Pocono Northeast Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council is a non-profit organization that has been active in northeast Pennsylvania since 1980. The Council is committed to the preservation and protection of natural resources within a framework of economic growth and is directed by a group of dedicated volunteers.The regional organization encompasses and serves the following ten counties: Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Montour, Northumberland, Pike, Schuylkill, and Wayne. Find out more about the organization by visiting the website at http://www.pnercd.org.

Press Release prepared by Rick Grant- http://www.rickgrant.net/

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