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Feedlot Assessments for Solar Energy (FASE)

The Rural Energy Center is offering free solar economic feasibility assessments for Colorado animal feeding operations. The assessments will provide producers with estimated system sizes, costs, savings, and other information needed to decide whether investing in solar photovoltaics (PV) is a sound investment. Grid-tied solar arrays could be installed on building rooftops and/or on open land in order to offset all or some of the electricity costs of the feeding operation.

The timing of the project is driven by a few factors. Costs for solar panels have decreased by 75% in the last five years. The 30% federal tax credit for solar will be reduced beginning in 2020 and will expire completely in 2022. USDA, the sponsor of the project, currently offers 25% grants for the installation of renewable energy systems by agricultural producers.

Our target participants are animal feeding operations with 1,000-10,000 head of cattle annually or smaller, mixed animal/farm operations with a curiosity about solar. Applications from operations with at least one meter on a Small Commercial or equivalent utility rate are particularly encouraged, as energy prices tend to be relatively high on these rates.

We are accepting applications on an ongoing basis up to a limit of 30. Producers accepted into the Feedlot Assessments for Solar Energy (FASE) program will be contacted within two months of submitting an application. Producers will be accepted into the program on a first-come, first served basis as long as basic criteria are met and others within the same utility service territory are also accepted into the program.


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Updated Friday, July 28, 2017

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