Nebraska Forest Service provides biomass grants

The Nebraska Forest Service (NFS) will offer two cost-share assistance grants to organisations that are looking to install woody biomass-fired energy systems.

These grants are open to range of institutions including municipalities, universities, hospitals and greenhouses.

Funding for the programme has come from the Wildfire Control Act of 2013, which advocates the development of markets focusing on woody biomass generated from forest thinnings.

The NFS offers two types of grant funding:

• The first is a cost-share assistance fund available to public, private, for-profit and non-profit agencies or organisations in Nebraska, enabling them to purchase and install woody energy systems, including the construction of new systems and the renovation or expansion of existing energy systems.

• A cost-share assistance for contractual services for technical engineering feasibility studies that look into the potential for wood energy use.

The application deadline for the grants is 31 October.

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