The U.S. Forest Service released a Wood Energy Financial App for use by community and business leaders seeking to replace fossil fuel with wood energy. The app allows users to do a simple and quick analysis to see if wood energy is a viable alternative for their community or small business.
The app is offered as part of the Community Biomass Handbook eBook. The Community Biomass Handbook walks users through the initial states of project scoping and pre-feasibility analysis by providing:
- Guidance – Matching project motivations and local resources with appropriate technologies and investment pathways
- Personal stories – Identifying what has worked in other places with common financial and technical challenges faced
- Options – Checklist of possible products with important planning and investment considerations
- Project screening – Initial financial assessment using the Wood Energy Financial App