Colorado Energy Office releases project assistance funds to ag producers
March 2, 2017
The Colorado Energy Office released $750,000 in project assistance funds through the USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program. The funding is available to Colorado agricultural irrigators, dairies, greenhouses, nurseries and cold storage facilities, according to a news release. The deadline to apply is March 31.
Applicants must be enrolled in the Colorado Agricultural Energy Efficiency program and complete an energy audit to receive funding for projects. Those interested can apply online.
The Colorado Agricultural Energy Efficiency program provides free energy audits and technical support to Colorado producers, the release stated. The Energy Office was selected for a $1.1 million U.S. Department of Agriculture Regional Conservation Partnership Program award to help improve energy efficiency for Colorado farmers. The award is matched through a $1.3 million cash and in-kind combined contribution from the Energy Office, the Colorado Department of Agriculture and utility and industry partners, the release stated. The Colorado Energy Office launched the Colorado Agricultural Energy Efficiency program in 2015 to make achieving energy efficiency and renewable energy projects easy for agricultural producers, the release stated. More than 100 producers have participated, and 20,000 MWh of electricity savings has been identified through the audits. In the next two years, the program will expand to 200 producers. It is expected to generate more than $4.5 million in potential savings in five years.