to Get Started:
There are several steps you should probably
take in deciding whether or not to invest in
a biomass to energy heating system, as
- Decide if
there is a need to replace an existing
energy system or install a new system.
- If so,
compare the installation and annual
costs with traditional fuel systems.
(Many of the resource publications and
links listed on this webpage should
assist you with this analysis.)
out federal, state, or local financial
and technical assistance available. (The
DSIRE and USDA websites list most
federal assistance opportunities. The
state offices of ADO and ADECA can
provide additional state-specific
the various systems available, and
decide which energy system to purchase.
(The best way to find a system that
matches your need is to type “wood”,
“biomass”, “bioenergy”, “furnace”,
“boiler”, and/or “energy systems” in
most internet search engines. Pellet
stoves can be found by typing in “pellet
stove” and “wood stove” in most internet
with local woody biomass suppliers.
Long-term contracts are desirable where
considerable volumes will be purchased.
The Alabama Forestry Commission
maintains a listing for loggers and
vendors. The Agency also maintains
forest resource availability information
and can analyze the resource
availability within a radius of
potential site locations.
the system. Have the manufacturer
install the system ‘turnkey’.
- Track all costs, fuel usage,
energy output, and other required
information in order to claim any
available tax credits (non-governmental
entities). File for tax credits.