Farm Assessments for Solar Energy (FASE)
Colorado State University’s Rural Energy Center conducted 60 solar energy assessments for Colorado farms from 2016-2019. The assessments provided irrigated farms, animal feeding operations, and other agricultural producers with estimated system sizes, costs, savings, and other information needed to decide whether investing in a solar array was a sound investment. Solar systems could be installed on buildings, open space, or even as shade structures. The solar arrays evaluated would be tied into the grid and used to offset the electricity costs of pumping water, lighting, ventilation, or other uses. Results from recent assessments show an average 7.0% return on investment and only three years of negative cashflow on a cumulative basis.