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Upper Black Lake, Photo by Richard Stenzel
Upper Black Lake, Photo by Richard Stenzel


We provide engineering feasibility and design services for the development of hydropower resources. This includes an assessment of the resources available; quantification of elevation drop, water supply and investigation of water rights. This assessment is used to design the system and develop an economic analysis and project schedule. We design the civil components of the system required, and consult with turbine manufacturers to select an appropriate turbine for the site. We are also available to assist with obtaining permits, exploring funding opportunities and writing grant applications.

Specific Project Experience

Study of Low Head Hydro in Colorado’s Agricultural Infrastructure

Applegate Group in partnership with the Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory at Colorado State University of Fort Collins, CO, was awarded a grant from the Advancing Colorado's Renewable Energy (ACRE) Program to research the viability of implementing Low Head Hydro technologies in Colorado’s existing irrigation infrastructure. The study will begin in March 2010 and is expected to be completed by March 2011.

Hydro Feasibility Studies

Applegate Group is currently working with multiple agricultural producers to determine the feasibility of building hydropower plants on their irrigation systems. These feasibility studies are partially funded by a grant obtained by the Flux Farm Foundation through the Colorado Natural Resources Conservation Service, Conservation Innovation Grant program. Systems being explored include a 100 kW system using an existing pipeline, and a drop located near a ditch system with the potential of generating 500 kW of renewable electricity.