Upcoming Energy Tour in Red Lodge Features Buildings New and Old

Join us for a guided bus tour on Thursday, September 8 in Red Lodge, one of four Montana cities to sign the U.S. Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement.  The  tour will visit residential, business and municipal sites around town.

The first stop on the tour will be the Historic Moran Mansion, where a photovoltaic array and geothermal system are working to offset utility costs. Another private home featured on the tour uses passive and active solar design as well as recycles irrigation water for use in a cooling system. The tour will then swing by Café Regis to see energy efficiency improvement projects, followed by the Red Lodge Wastewater Treatment Facility to see how the City took advantage of stimulus funds for money-saving aeration blowers and solar panels, a measure to help reach the City’s carbon dioxide reduction goal.  Finally, at Red Lodge Ales, Sam Hoffman will lead a tour of renewable energy projects at the brewery, including a solar array, free-air cooling, and the brewing of biodiesel to fuel the brewery’s delivery trucks.

Participants will learn how grants, loans, tax credits, and rebates can help pay for renewable energy projects and energy conservation upgrades. There will also be renewable energy installers and sustainable building experts on hand to answer questions about your own home or business.

The Red Lodge tour bus leaves from Sam’s Taproom at 1445 N Broadway, the cost is $10. The tour is from 1:30PM to 5:00PMSpace is limited and pre-registration is required. Call the AERO office at (406) 443-7272 to pre-register.

Thank you to this year’s tour sponsors which include:  NorthWestern Energy, the Department of Environmental Quality, SolarPlexus, Sundance Solar Systems, the Montana Renewable Energy Association, and Carbon County Resource Council.

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