Wisconsin fair features renewable energy

A new Energy Education exhibit will rise in the 60-acre Tent City at this year’s Farm Technology Days, Sept. 21-23, on Hilger Farms near Bloomer in Chippewa County, Wis.

If you’re looking for better ways to save money on rising energy costs, if you see rural Wisconsin as a place to generate renewable energy for personal use or to sell to utilities, if you want to grow crops or forest products to produce energy, you will want to visit the Energy Education tent.

No matter what your interest, you can help the environment and provide rural families and businesses with jobs by installing a renewable system or making energy efficiency improvements.

Energy and efficiency experts from the Wisconsin Focus on Energy Program, the Wisconsin utilities, the Wisconsin Technical College System and the renewable energy industry will be on hand to showcase new technologies and ideas.

Focus on Energy staff will explain the application process for getting grants and incentives to cut the costs of renewable energy and conservation projects.

Displays will highlight ethanol production from corn, wood pellet fuels, geothermal energy, anaerobic digesters, solar, and wind installations.

Other exhibitors will show how to save energy through energy-efficient milk processing, grain drying, lighting, and insulation systems. Public utilities will cover programs available to upgrade wiring at agricultural operations.

The Energy Education tent will also host a series of seminars on energy conservation and renewable energy topics. These sessions will provide an overview of the questions that need to be answered regarding adoption of energy conserving or generating technologies and the current options available. The presenters are energy experts with experience in designing and constructing renewable energy systems and efficiency improvements. They’ll give practical advice on biomass home heating, solar electricity, efficient lighting, wind turbines, and anaerobic digestion, among other topics during 30-minute seminars held each day.

You can find the Energy Education tent at the end of Tent City’s Sixth Street next to the Conservation Tent.

Alliant Energy, Excel, Focus on Energy, Midwest Renewable Energy Association, West Wisconsin Renewable Energy Coop, Wisconsin Corn Growers, Wisconsin Geothermal Association, Wisconsin Pellet Fuels, Wisconsin Public Service, and Wisconsin Technical College System will all be present with displays and seminars.

Each year, a different family farm plays host to Farm Technology Days and this year the Hilger family will host the event on their farm located just east of Bloomer on Highway 64 and County Highway GG. Steve, Joe, and Fred Hilger are the fourth generation of their family to operate the farm, which has grown to 2,200 crop acres with a dairy herd of more than 400 Holsteins.

Farm Technology Days, formerly known as Farm Progress Days, is the largest technology exposition in Wisconsin. It’s a three-day outdoor event that showcases the latest improvements in production agriculture. For all the details on Farm Technology Days and the Energy Education Tent, check the Web site at www.wifarmtechnologydays.com.

For more information on energy efficiency and renewable energy, visit the Web site of Focus on Energy at www.focusonenergy.com or call 800/762-7077.

Focus on Energy is a public-private partnership that provides energy efficiency and renewable energy information and services to the state’s energy utility customers. Focus on Energy’s Renewable Energy program seeks to raise awareness, provide training and financing, enhance marketing, promote technical assistance, and support the installation of renewable energy technologies across Wisconsin.

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