Water to electricity project underway
The first joint project to help farmers use existing irrigation water to generate electricity has been completed in Colorado. The Colorado Department of Agriculture is looking for more producers who want to try it.
The installation, near Hotchkiss, Colo., is the first for the multi-agency Pressurized Irrigation Small Hydropower Partnership Project, which is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program. During the next few years, the program is expected to create 30 on-farm hydropower projects in Colorado.
“This project helps farmers by putting their water to work, creating electricity that lowers their power bills,” said Don Brown, commissioner of agriculture.
The Colorado Department of Agriculture is looking for more producers who want to participate. To start the application process, contact Sam Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Colorado Department of Agriculture
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