Upcoming energy project assessment workshop this month in Farmville

Virginia Cooperative Extension will host a 2-½ day workshop on energy project assessment featuring the RETScreen program beginning Aug. 5, 2014 in Farmville, Virginia.

This workshop is offered through the Agricultural Energy Efficiency Initiative: A Farm Energy Program for Southside and Southwest Virginia which is supported by a 2014 grant from the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Revitalization Commission and by Virginia Cooperative Extension Community Viability and the Virginia Tech Biological Systems Engineering Department.

Who should attend this introductory workshop?
If you are interested in learning more about the features of this project screening tool, please join us for this hands-on workshop. During the session, RETScreen training expert, Michael Ross of RER Energy, Inc., will provide an overview of RETScreen, its various modules and applications, including how it can be used to evaluate:

  • Energy cost-saving opportunities
  • Clean energy generation
  • Costs associated with project design alternatives
  • Potential GHG emission reductions
  • Financial viability
  • Tools for assessing risks for various types of renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies

What is RETScreen?

RETScreen is a unique decision-support tool, provided free-of-charge, to evaluate the energy production and savings, costs, financial viability and risk for various types of Renewable-energy and Energy-efficient Technologies (RETs). RETScreen enables participants to explore a variety of “what-if” scenarios to see how a solar PV system might work on their poultry house, how a solar water pumping unit would perform, or how swapping a propane-fired heater with biomass pellets may save energy, among many other scenarios. The RETScreen program is a free Excel-based program, which utilizes research-based information, and incorporates an energy and financial analysis model to enable sensitivity analysis to anticipate the effect from variations from predicted to the actual project performance, costs, and revenue.

  • What? Energy Project Analysis Workshop Featuring RETScreen
  • When? August 5-7, 2014
  • Where? Farmville, Virginia
  • Cost? $50

Please Note: Space is very limited.

More information on this workshop is available online. If you’d like more information on RETScreen, please visit the RETScreen information page.

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