Tri River Area CSU Extension - To provide information, education and to encourage the application of research-based knowledge to the communities of Delta, Mesa, Montrose, and Ouray Counties.
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Doug Dean is the Tri River Area Livestock and Range Extension Agent. He aims to provide leadership and organization in the development, implementation, evaluation, and reporting of educational programs in Livestock and Range Management in the Tri River Area. Doug specializes in range management issues, range monitoring, livestock management, rotational grazing systems, grass hay production/improved pastures, weed control, small and large acreage issues, ranch management, and  wildlife management. Doug brings an array of knowledge to the Tri River Area with his MBA and Range/Wildlife Management degree, as well as real life experiences and knowledge he has gained through working in the field.

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Doug Dean, Livestock and Range Extension Agent
TRA Area Director

Phone: 970-244-1834

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USDA Grant to Conduct Solar Assessments for Feedlots

Colorado State University’s Rural Energy Center is proud to announce that we have received another USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grant. The award will allow us to conduct 30 economic feasibility assessments for solar PV at animal feeding operations throughout the state. The concept was based on our successful Solar and Wind Assessments for Pivots (SWAP) project, in which we conducted 30 assessments for solar and wind on the non-irrigated corners of fields with center pivot sprinklers. The new project, dubbed Feedlot Assessments for Solar Energy (FASE), will serve livestock operations instead.

A key difference between animal feeding operations and irrigated farms is that feedlots use a fairly steady amount of energy year-round. So instead of generating electricity when it’s not needed and being subject to reimbursement at a utility’s avoided cost of energy, feedlots can expect to receive the full retail rate for any solar electricity generated on site. Although utility rate structures for larger feedlots tend to have relatively high demand charges (per kilowatt of power) and relatively low energy charges (per kilowatt-hour), smaller animal feeding operations may be subject to more “solar friendly” rate structures.

The project kicks off on July 1 with help from partners Morgan County Rural Electric Association, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, and the Colorado Energy Office. Interested parties are welcome to contact us in advance with inquiries.


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