Townsend Schools Use Innovative Solutions to Cut Taxpayer Costs

AERO will host a tour of renewable energy solutions at the Townsend Schools on Thursday July 14. The school has a variety of renewable energy systems and efficiency upgrades that have been undertaken by school staff.

The school has a biomass boiler to burn wood pellets as part of the Fuels for Schools program through the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. And last year they installed a 2.4 kilowatt wind turbine as a part of the Wind for Schools Program.  The tour includes a grid-tied solar array and a number of cost and energy saving retrofits within the school, including upgrades in lighting.

The tour will include a brief seminar highlighting grants, loans and tax credits available to help finance renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, as well as the Fuels for Schools and Wind for Schools programs. Renewable energy dealers and installers will also be on hand to talk about specifics.

The tour begins at 1:30pm at 201 N. Spruce St in Townsend, the cost is $5 and includes a light snack.  Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please call the AERO office at (406) 443-7272 to register.

To see a Helena Independent Record write-up of the school’s energy-saving efforts click here.

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