New York Grants Can Fund Conversion To Wood Pellet Heat

Sessions this month in Bellmont and Long Lake explain how up to 10 municipalities and nonprofits can obtain grants to switch to wood-pellet heating. Both towns recently installed pellet-heat boilers, and representatives will offer tours of their operations at the sessions to share their results and impressions. The informational meetings are set for 4 p.m. […]

Sessions this month in Bellmont and Long Lake explain how up to 10 municipalities and nonprofits can obtain grants to switch to wood-pellet heating. Both towns recently installed pellet-heat boilers, and representatives will offer tours of their operations at the sessions to share their results and impressions.

The informational meetings are set for 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, at the Long Lake Town Hall, 1204 Main St. (Route 30) and 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, at the Bellmont Town Hall, 9 Hill Road, Brainardsville.

The Adirondack Model Neighborhood Wood Heat Initiative is a program of the Northern Forest Center, where up to 10 grants will be awarded in Clinton, Franklin or Essex counties to replace oil- or propane-sourced heat with pellets. The maximum grant is $10,000 and requires a 20 percent local match, according to the Northern Border Regional Commission, which funds the center’s program.

The center has a similar, ongoing program focusing on residential heating in Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake and Saranac.

“When we buy oil or propane, we are exporting about 80 cents of every $1 spent for heat,” said Leslie Karasin, who manages wood-heat initiative for the center. “By transitioning to wood pellets, we can support local jobs and businesses and keep our heating dollars working for the North Country.”

From the Press Republican: http://www.pressrepublican.com/news/local_news/grants-can-fund-conversion-to-wood-pellet-heat/article_9425bd84-9d8e-55a4-a038-d131773a3af0.html

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