The Mission of the Connecticut Farm Energy Program is to provide technical assistance to AG producers and increase awareness about energy conservation & efficiency while promoting alternative & renewable forms of energy on Connecticut Farms.

Connecticut Farm Energy Events

UPCOMING EVENTS & NEWS

CT Farm Energy Geothermal Pilot Project June 11, 2018 - In partnership with USDA Rural Development Connecticut Resource Conservation & Development's CT Farm Energy Program will be host to a new CT Farm Energy Geothermal Pilot Project and is currently seeking Geothermal Professionals to contract with in order to provide assessments & reports. Deadline to apply is July 2, 2018 by 5pm. Geothermal RFP (pdf)

Farm Energy Videos In Partnership with UCONN Extension we are pleased to announce the release of 4 new videos featuring CT Farmers and their journey to installing energy effiency and renewable energy projects on their farms. These videos were filmed and edited by UCONN TV. Additional Partners who participated in the making of these videos include: Ace Begonias, Full Bloom Apiaries, Oakridge Dairy, Paley's Farm Market, Energize CT and USDA Rural Development. Follow the link to the 4 Videos:

www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLuPJ_NR7ZnVuESKxys-SWY86NwHl-WwBl

Oakridge Farm CT Farm Energy UConn Ext Farm Energy Video Series Full Bloom Apiaries CT Farm Energy UConn Ext Farm Energy Video Series
Ace Begonias CT Farm Energy UConn Ext Farm Energy Video Series Paley's Farm Market CT Farm Energy UConn Ext Farm Energy Video Series

 

Collins Powder Hill Farm, Enfield, CTCompost Heat Recovery Pilot Project June 2017 - CT Farm Energy Program is currently installing the 1st Compost Heat Recovery System in CT at Collins Powder Hill Farm located in Enfield, CT. This project is being made possible by support from CT DEEP and US DOE. CT Farm Energy Program is working in conjunction with the Collins Family who own and operate Collins Compost along with Agrilab Technologies who designed, is installing and will monitor the system during the first year of the pilot project period.

To follow the stages of installation and operation please visit our Facebook Page to view pictures of the Pilot Project.

Collins Powder Hill Farm, Enfield, CT Collins Powder Hill Farm, Enfield, CT

 

RECENT EVENTS

Bishop's Orchards Solar Ribbon Cutting Event May 4, 2018 11 am

Collins Powder Hill Farm, Enfield, CT - CT RC&D CT Farm Energy Open House & Tour of Compost Heat Recovery System, Connecticut

Northwest CT Farm Energy Workshop, CT Farm Energy Program, Northwest Conservation District

CT Farm Energy Tour Trifecta Ecosytems Meriden, CT Aquaponic, Energy

New England Farm Energy Collaborative NEFEC - CT Farm Energy Program

Spring Quarterly Meeting - CT Farm Energy Partners _ CT Farm Energy Program

UConn One on One Sessions 2017

For more information please go to: www.ctfarmrisk.uconn.edu/one-on-one.php

Prides Corner Farms Solar Ribbon Cutting Event

CT Compost Heat Recovery Pilot Project

Farmers interested in applying to be the host farm site can find the Application (pdf) here. Due by February 17, 2017.

Connecticut Farm Energy Program (CFEP)

Connecticut RC&D Area, Inc. is a 501C3 non-profit that manages the CT Farm Energy Program with support from partners for program funding and project support which include:

USDA Rural Development

Connecticut Department of Agriculture

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

CT Farm Energy Program

CFEP aims to provide information as it pertains to energy and agriculture in Connecticut through the CFEP website, email updates, publications, workshops and events it hosts and participates in.

CFEP serves as a resource and clearinghouse for information about on-farm energy opportunities in relation to grant opportunities, financial incentives, loans, audits, educational opportunities and events for AG producers & AG based small business located in Connecticut. CFEP works closely with Federal, State and local partners.

CFEP provides technical assistance in the form of grant writing to eligible Connecticut Ag producers & Ag based small business in applying for USDA – Rural Development REAP (Rural Energy for America Program) Grants. REAP Grants which are part of the Farm Bill, provide assistance to those who are eligible with Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy projects.

Publications

CT Farm Energy Survey Report - 2014 (pdf)

CT Farm Energy BMP Guide - 2nd Edition 2014 (pdf)

CT Farm Energy BMP Guide - 1st Edition (pdf)

If you would like to receive a printed copy of the new BMP guide please contact our office and we can mail you a copy.

 

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News/Grant Updates

 

Connecticut Farm Energy Partners Brochure

CT Farm Energy Partners Farm Energy Brochure

Farm Energy Brochure (pdf)

 

Connecticut AG Anaerobic Digestion Roadmap

Agricultural Anaerobic Digestion Road Map for ConnecticutDigester Roadmap (pdf)

 

USDA REAP Grant Deadline
USDA Rural Development's Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) administers grants, guaranteed loans, and combination grant/guaranteed loans to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses purchase and install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements.

How much are the grants?
The grants are awarded on a competitive basis and can be up to 25% of total eligible project costs. Grants are limited to a max of $500,000 for renewable energy systems and $250,000 max for energy efficiency improvements. Grant requests min is $2,500 for renewable energy systems and $1,500 for energy efficiency improvements.

How to Apply
To apply please contact your local Rural Development Office or the Connecticut Farm Energy Office at (860)345-3977.

Grant Application Information is available online.

Next Deadline

March 31, 2018

 

2014 CT Farm Energy Survey Report (pdf)

 

2014 RI Farm Energy Survey Report (pdf)

 

CT Farm Energy BMP Guide - 2nd Edition 2014 (pdf)