Past Project Categories

The Colorado Department of Agriculture's ACRE Program has been helping Colorado's farmers and ranchers discover alternative energy sources since 2007. The links below will help you learn more about current ongoing projects for a variety of renewable energies statewide.

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Biofuels: are produced from living organisms or from organic or food waste products. In order to be considered a biofuel the fuel must contain over 80% renewable materials.

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Biogas: This energy source uses manure for gas or heat energy utilizing anaerobic digestors.

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Biomass: This energy source taps biological waste for gas or heat energy. The material is derived from living or recently living plant or animal organisms.

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Education: These projects educate on renewable energy sources in Colorado.

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Energy Efficiency: Energy Efficiency is using less energy to provide the same level of energy service. It is generally a best practice to begin here before installing any renewable energy on your farm or ranch.

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Energy Options Analysis: Funds are given to those who are looking for the appropriate renewable energy for their area.

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Energy Storage: Storage and conversion of energy becomes increasingly relevant as we move towards greater reliance on non-traditional energy sources. This category contains projects that convert chemical energy into electrical energy.

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Hydro: Hydroelectricity is obtained from hydropower. Hydropower (or waterpower) harnesses the energy of moving or falling water and it can be used directly as a mechanical force.

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Solar: Solar Power is produced by collecting sunlight and converting it into electricity. This is done by using solar panels, which are large flat panels made up of many individual solar cells.

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Wind: Wind power is produced by using wind generators to harness the kinetic energy of wind.