Energy help internship program offered to farmers

Sun-Star staffApril 25, 2013 

An internship program aimed at improving energy efficiency for farmers in Merced County is under way.

The Agricultural Energy Efficiency Internship Program provides energy strategies for agricultural operations in Merced County, according to a news release from the Great Valley Center. It teamed up with Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to offer the program.

The goal of the project is to provide information and technical assistance to local farmers regarding energy-efficient options that could reduce costs and improve sustainability, according to the center.

Five college interns were hired and are being trained to augment the work being done by PG&E's Energy Solutions and Service team, according to the center. Four are from UC Merced and one is from Merced College.

The students will build relationships with agricultural customers and match available resources with each customer's needs, according to the center.

The program's objectives include promoting energy efficiency, building a local presence, work force development and fostering a long-term relationship between PG&E and its customers.

The Great Valley Center soon will hire seven more college interns for a program called Green Communities, which is dedicated to providing innovative ways to help governments and communities increase energy efficiency and avoid climate change, according to the center.

More information is available at www.greatvalley.org/work/greencommunities.

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