RCPP Irrigation Hydro Navigation Guide

Funding Announcement

The ACRE3 program, in coordination with USDA NRCS-Colorado, announces availability of funding twice a year typically in the Spring and Fall.

Funding Announcement - Next funding round to be announced in December 2017. Pre-applications accepted on a continuous basis. 
Note: Download the application to your desktop and open/complete in Adobe Reader or Pro (not your web browser - which may prevent saving your form).
S.01a RCPP Irrigation Hydropower Pre-Application 
Submit Completed Pre-Application


Pre-planning and Eligibility

Please review this section first. Here, you can find details about the latest funding announcement, find out if hydropower might work on your farm, learn about the different funding programs and eligibility requirements, and download a comprehensive checklist of all the application materials to help you track your application process.

Project Developers should view the Hydro Navigation Guide Resources to download the Agricultural Hydropower Technical Manual, hydropower assessment and design tools, a project planning checklist, and other resources for project developers and program partners.


Step by Step application and project development process

Presented within is a step by step process for the applicant, service providers and partners to follow in completion of the application and project development process.  The RCPP Program Checklist is included and it is strongly recommended that the applicant print this and track completion in conjunction with the step by step process.  Note that not all steps will be completed by the applicant, service providers and partners.


Contact the ACRE3 program Energy Specialist with questions about the program.

PDF icon P.01 RCPP Hydro Program Flow Chart.pdf585.46 KB
PDF icon P.02 Hydro-mechanical vs Hydroelectric.pdf255.26 KB
PDF icon P.03a RCPP-EQIP Eligibility Criteria.pdf502.87 KB
PDF icon P.03b ACRE3 Eligibility Criteria.pdf707.52 KB
PDF icon P.03c REAP Eligibility Criteria.pdf511.26 KB
PDF icon P.04 Renewable Energy Incentives and Policies in Colorado.pdf290.53 KB
PDF icon P.05 Helpful Tips about the RCPP Hydro Program.pdf193.76 KB
PDF icon S.01a RCPP Irrigation Hydropower Pre-Application.pdf152.59 KB
File S.02.1a Hydro-mechanical Toolbox.xlsx69.36 KB
File S.02.1b Hydro-mechanical Toolbox Example.xlsx1.88 MB
File S.02.2a Hydroelectric Toolbox.xlsx939.79 KB
File S.02.2b Hydroelectric Toolbox Example.xlsx2.28 MB
File S.03a RCPP Hydro Screening Tool.xlsx31.3 KB
File S.04.0_Hydro_Project_Info_Sheet.xlsx72.6 KB
File S.04.1_Hydro-Mechanical_Technical_Report_Template.docx404.27 KB
File S.04.2_Hydroelectric_Technical_Report_Template.docx406.4 KB
File S.03b RCPP Hydro Screening Tool EXAMPLE.xlsx31.9 KB
PDF icon S.05.1a EQIP Application NRCS-CPA-1200.pdf46.79 KB
PDF icon S.05.2a ACRE3 Application Checklist.pdf267.06 KB
PDF icon S.05.2b NRCS CPA-300 Authorization for Release of Records.pdf17.42 KB
PDF icon S.05.2c IRS form W-9.pdf116.53 KB
File S.06 RCPP Hydro Ranking Tool.xlsx11.99 KB
PDF icon S.07.1a RD 4280-3A 80K or less.pdf358.66 KB
PDF icon S.07.1b RD 4280-3B 80K to under 200K.pdf341.04 KB
PDF icon S.07.1c RD 4280-3C 200K or Greater.pdf363.86 KB
File S.07.2a RD REAP Scoresheet.xlsx50.38 KB
File S.07.2b RD REAP Scoresheet Example.XLSX51.07 KB
PDF icon S.07.2c RD REAP Scoresheet Instructions.pdf421.52 KB
PDF icon S.07.3a RD REAP - SF 424 Application for Federal Assistance.pdf1.05 MB
PDF icon S.07.3b RD REAP GÇô SF 424 Instructions.pdf46.19 KB
PDF icon S.07.3c RD REAP GÇô SF 424c Budget Info.pdf87.06 KB
PDF icon S.07.3d RD REAP GÇô SF 424d Assurances-Construction.pdf77.05 KB
PDF icon S.07.4a RD 1940-20 Request for Env Info.pdf21.44 KB
PDF icon S.07.4b RD 1940-20 EXAMPLE.pdf190.92 KB
Microsoft Office document icon S.08.1a FERC NOI-Qualifying Conduit Hydro Application.doc76 KB
PDF icon S.08.1b FERC NOI-Qualifying Conduit EXAMPLE.pdf441.29 KB
PDF icon S.08.1c FERC NOI process.pdf108.88 KB
PDF icon S.08.1d Instructions for Downloading Topographic Maps.pdf521.14 KB
PDF icon S.08.3a CO HB15-1364-Letter to Hydro Assoc.pdf77.1 KB
PDF icon S.08.3b CO HB15-1364-PE Hydro Cert Form.pdf3.15 MB
File S.01b RCPP Hydro Program - Master Checklist.xlsx19 KB
PDF icon S.05.1b NRCS AD1026 - Highly Erodible Land.PDF218.87 KB
PDF icon S.05.1c NRCS CCC941 GÇôAGI.PDF175.73 KB
PDF icon S.05.1d NRCS CCC901 -Members Information.pdf257.57 KB
PDF icon S.8.2a SMPA Info Packet_Net Metering at SMPA.pdf817.03 KB
PDF icon S.8.2b SMPA Net Metering Policy 2013.pdf91.23 KB
PDF icon S.8.2c DMEA Net Metering Policy 2014.pdf305.85 KB
PDF icon S.8.2d DMEA Net Metering Application.pdf126.23 KB
PDF icon S.13 NRCS Practice Certification CO-ENG-12.pdf25.59 KB
PDF icon S.14.1 NRCS CPA-1245 Practice Approval and Payment Application.pdf136.15 KB