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


CT Farm Energy Geothermal Pilot Program

CT Farm Energy Geothermal Pilot Project September 18, 2018 - In partnership with USDA Rural Development, Connecticut Resource Conservation & Development's CT Farm Energy Program will host a new CT Farm Energy Geothermal Pilot Program. CFEP will offer education, outreach, workshops, and renewable energy assessments specifically focused on geothermal opportunities for farms and agriculturally based rural small businesses in Connecticut. The goal of this project is to reduce barriers to alternative renewable energy resources by
providing eligible farms and businesses with a free geothermal energy assessment and corresponding report, with no obligation to implement. If you would like to learn more about Geothermal you can download the AG Guide to Geothermal in CT (pdf) or complete the CT Farm Energy Geothermal Assesment Application (pdf) to apply for a FREE assesment.


Collins Powder Hill Farm, Enfield, CTCompost Heat Recovery Pilot Project CT Farm Energy Program has installed the 1st Compost Heat Recovery System in CT at Collins Powder Hill Farm located in Enfield, CT. This project was made possible by support from CT DEEP and US DOE. CT Farm Energy Program working in conjunction with the Collins Family who own and operate Collins Compost along with Agrilab Technologies who designed, installed, and monitored the system during the first year of the pilot project from July 2017 - July 2018.

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

November 2018 - Summary Handout of Compost Heat Recovery Pilot Project

Compost Heat Recovery Pilot Project Final Report

USDA Rural Development releases Bishop's Orchards Solar Video July 5, 2018 - In parternship with USDA Rural Development, CT RC&D's CT Farm Energy Program and the Bishop Family, a USDA REAP grant was acquired to assit in the implementation of the solar project, to learn more visit

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:

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, CT Collins Powder Hill Farm, Enfield, CT



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:

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.


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)