Past Projects By Category

Homeland Renewable Energy
Blue Sun Biodiesel
Colorado Corn Growers Association
Costilla County
Colorado State University (Extension)
Colorado Farm Bureau
Feedlot Biofuel
  • 2009 Feasibility completed 02.25.10
  • Funding assessed the feasibility of locating small ethanol plants in east-central and southeastern Colorado.
  • Feedlot Biofuel_Feasibility Study pdf file
Yuma Conservation District
Golden Plains
  • 2009 Research completed 3.28.11
  • Funding assisted in evaluating renewable energy crop sequences for Northeastern Colorado Dryland farms.
  • Golden Plains_Final Report pdf file
Heartland Renewable Energy
iCast - Seed Crushing Pilot
  • 2009 Participation completed 10.28.09
  • Funding is assisting in the implemenation of two pilot projects for Colorado farm-scale oil seed crushing and biodiesel production.
  • iCast - Seed Crushing Pilot_Final Report pdf file
National Soghum Producers
  • 2007 Research completed 01.14.09
  • The National Sorghum Producers conducted this project in three phases. Phase 1 was to research the potntial of various sorhum forages as a source for biomass-to-ethanol conversion. Phase 2 samples were grown under various irrigation regimes; forage would be temporarily stored. Phase 3 stored forages would be analyzed at NREL.
  • National Soghum Producers_Final Report pdf file
  • National Soghum Producers
  • NREL
Rio Grande County
  • 2007 Feasibility completed 06.29.07
  • This project assesed the viability of establishing a seed crushing facility in the San Luis Valley.
  • Rio Grande County_Final Report pdf file
Dolores County \ San Juan Bioenergy
  • 2007 Project Participation completed 01.14.09
  • Funding assisted in the purchase and lease of land, storage and equipment for the establishment of a biodiesel production facility in Dove Creek.
  • Dolores County_Final Report pdf file
Southeast Colorado RC&D
  • 2010 Research Project completed 10.29.10
  • This project is researching oilseed cropping as a strategy for sustained farming in regions impacted by agricultural water transfers in the Lower Arkansas Valley.
  • Southeast Colorado RC&D_Final Report pdf file


Crowley County
Northeast Colorado RC&D
  • 2010 Feasibility project completed 11.01.10
  • This project determined the feasibility of developing a centralized hog waste digester near Haxtun, CO.
  • Northeast Colorado RC&D_Final Report pdf file
Stewart Environmental Consultants
Chokecherry Farm
  • 2008 Feasibility .................................................. project completed 11.04.08
  • This project assessed the feasibilty of biogas as a renewable energy resource for a small off-grid farm.
  • Read the final report
Washington County
  • 2007 Feasibility project completed 05.31.07
  • This project assessed the economic viability of establishing a community-scale biodiesel facility in Northeast Colorado.
  • Read the final report
  • 2011 Research interim completed 10.26.11
  • This project is researching generating biopower from low value biomass through torrefaction techlology.
  • iCast - Biomass 2011 Interim Report pdf file
Colorado State University
BioVantage Resources, Inc.
Cochetopa Land & Cattle
  • 2008 Feasibility project completed 10.29.08
  • This project assessed the viability of biomass gasification to generate electricity for agricultural businesses in the community.
  • Cochetopa Land & Cattle_Final Report pdf file
Flux Farm
  • 2009 Research project completed 04.15.11
  • This project researched a distribution network of biomass pyrolyzers to potentially generate on-farm bioenergy.
  • Flux Farm_Final Report pdf file
Flux Farm Foundation
iCast - Briquette
San Juan Bioenergy
  • 2009 Research final report completed 6.1.10
  • This project sampled the analysis of Syngas from a biomass gasifier for performance.
  • San Juan Bioenergy_Final Report pdf file
Colorado Working Landscapes
  • 2009 Research project completed 04.01.11
  • Funds were awarded to assist in researching ways that local communties in the SLV can benefit from renewable energy projects and develop an action plan to address the issues.
  • Colorado Working Landscapes_2009 Final Report pdf file
May Farms
  • 2009 Sponsorship project completed 07.01.09
  • Funds were awarded to assist in educating the public on the value of and resources for on-farm renewable energy through the first annual Colorado New Energy Festival at May Farms in Byers, Colorado in 2009.
  • May Farms_Final Report pdf file
Projects_Energy Efficiency
Colorado State University
Projects_Energy Options Analysis
Alamosa County
  • 2007 Feasibility project completed 03.30.09
  • This Project determined the viability of a Sustainable Environmental and Economic Development Park (SEED) in Alamosa County in the San Luis Valley. Business plans will be prioritized and land aquired for continuing the project.
  • Alamosa County_Final Report pdf file
Crowley County
Synergistic Building Technologies
Synergistic Builting Technologies & Cure Organic Farm
Projects_Energy Storage Projects
University of Colorado
  • 2008 Research project completed 06.03.08
  • The project researched a new system to store electrical energy via a pumped hydroelectric scheme using surface water and the underground water table.
  • University of Colorado_2008 Final Report pdf file
  • 2008 Research final completed 02.22.10
  • This project reserched various snergy storage technologies that can help Colorado's agricultural producers save on energy costs and assess which can provide a source of profitable revenue.
  • iCast_2008 Final Report pdf file
Applegate Group, Inc.
Elk View Ranch
  • 2008 Participation project completed 11.16.08
  • Funding assisted in the purchase and installation of a micro-hydro turbine and water line to develop micro-hydro energy utilizing irrgation water at Elk View Ranch.
  • Elk View Ranch_2008 Final Report pdf file
Painted Sky RC&D
  • 2011 Feasibility interim completed 10.01.11
  • Funding is assessing the feasibility of developing a hydro prower facility for agricultural applications in the Western Slope region.
  • Read the interim report
Solar Projects
Arrowpoint Cattle
  • 2011 Feasibility interim Report Completed 10.01.11
  • Funding is assessing the feasibility of development of a solar dryer for preparation to pelletize a local brewery/restaruant's spent grain for cattle feed.
  • Arrowpoint Cattle_Interim Report pdf file
Nunatak Alternative Energy Solutions
San Luis Valley RC&D
  • 2008 Participation Project Withdrew 02.2010
  • These funds would have assessed the Monte Vista Cooperative in promoting the use of solar energy as an alternative resource for the agricultural sector and rural communities of the San Luis Valley by developing seven solar collection sites in the area.
  • San Luis Valley RC&D_Interim Report pdf file
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Wind Projects
Brink Inc.
  • 2011 Research interim completed 10.25.11
  • This project is developing an agricultural Wind Energy Demonstration Guide based on past research.
  • Brink Inc_2011 Final Report pdf file
  • 2009 Research project completed 07.28.10
  • This project measured and evaluated onsite wind resources at three Colorado livestock facilities (estimated for Elbert, Morgan and Yuma counties).
  • Brink Inc_2009 Final Report pdf file
Baca County
  • 2007 Feasibility project completed 04.13.07
  • The project assessed the development potential for small-scale wind energy as a renewable energy source for Eastern Colorado agricultural producers.
  • Baca County_Final Report pdf file
Elbert County
  • 2007 Feasibility project completed 10.31.08
  • The project assessed the feasibility of wind energy at livestock facilities.
  • Elbert County_Final Report pdf file
Southeast Colorado RC&D
  • 2008 Participation final report completed 04.30.10
  • These funds will promote the use of farm scale small wind turbines in Eastern Colorado by assisting in the purchase of seven turbines for agricultural operations in the area.
  • Southeast Colorado RC&D_Final Report pdf file