The U.S. Department of Energy selected five Community Renewable Energy Deployment (CommRE) projects to receive funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The projects will help communities implement long-term renewable energy technologies, create jobs, and provide examples for replication in other local governments, campuses, or small utilities. Read about CommRE goals, funding, technical assistance, and how to contact us.

Learn about similar efforts such as the Renewable-Based Energy Secure Communities (RESCO) projects in California.

Projects

Photo showing the equipment room of an industrial building with cement floors and walls. A man is standing in the background.

The City of Montpelier's planned combined heat and power system will heat 1.8 million square feet of building space and is projected to reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by 50,000 tons.
Credit: Bernard Blessinger

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The Forest County Potawatomi Tribe's combined heat and power biomass facility will provide heating, cooling, and electricity for the Tribe's government buildings.
Credit: Dennis Jones

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Once complete, the UC Davis West Village Square will consist of several 4-6 person student apartments for a total of nearly 2,000 beds.
Courtesy of Curt Robinson

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Each of the five above-ground digestion tanks plays a different role in the biogas generation process at the UC Davis pilot Biogas Energy Project.
Courtesy of Curt Robinson

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The UC Davis pilot Biogas Energy Project waste collection station is a repository for diverse sources of organic solid waste such as agricultural, manure, and food/restaurant waste.
Courtesy of Curt Robinson

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Dr. Zhang, a professor at UC Davis who designed the campus's pilot Biogas Energy Project, describes the process by which biogas is generated using multiple above ground digestion tanks.
Courtesy of Curt Robinson

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Completed in 2007, the UC Davis pilot Biogas Energy Project facility is now used to research optimal feedstock waste streams.
Courtesy of Curt Robinson

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SMUD plans to install dual-axis tracking concentrating solar photovoltaic technology on the rights-of-way at this intersection of highway 50 and Mather Field Road in Sacramento, California.
Courtesy of Curt Robinson

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SMUD plans to install an anaerobic digester system at the Van Warmerdam dairy to convert animal waste into electricity and reduce the release of methane gas into the atmosphere.
Courtesy of Curt Robinson

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Map of the United States with colored dots to indicate the 5 locations of the Community Renewable Energy Deployment projects. The locations are:

  1. Montpelier, Vermont. Project: combined heat and power district energy system. Funding received: $8 million. Learn more.
  2. Forest County, Wisconsin. Project: combined heat and power biomass facility. Funding received: $2.5 million. Learn more.
  3. Phillips County, Colorado. Project: 30 megawatt community-owned wind farm. Funding received: more than $2.5 million. Learn more.
  4. Sacramento, California. Projects: solar highways and biogas digestion systems. Funding received: more than $5 million. Learn more.
  5. Davis, California. Project: energy efficiency and renewable energy sources with a smart grid. Funding received: $2.5 million. Learn more.