Energy Tour in Philipsburg Showcases Biomass, Hydro, and Solar

Join us in the Flint Creek Valley on Wednesday September 21st, to see a mix of municipal, residential and commercial renewable energy projects. The tour begins at 9:30am at Philipsburg Public Schools with a tour of a biomass boiler which converts 400 tons of wood waste to heat per year. Next up is Philipsburg’s municipal hydro-power system which has generated electricity for the city since the 1980’s, hear about the history of hydropower in this region and see the powerhouse for this system. Then travel north to Hall, MT where we will learn about 2.5 kW solar shingles on a private home and solar hot water used to wash wool  and save money at Sugarloaf Wool Mill.

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 tour begins at Granite High School, 407 Schnepel,  9:30 am, the cost is $10 and includes lunch. Space 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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