FOWLER, Colo. (AP) - Like many a town on the Eastern Plains, this farming community has seen better days, but now it has a new plan. It is going to disappear - from the electric grid.
If all the town's plans - and there are many - come to pass, Fowler will generate its own electricity, biofuel and manure-based gas; and an empty canning plant will turn into a new solar-panel factory.
At a time when a raft of public officials, including President Barack Obama and Gov. Bill Ritter, are calling green and renewable energy a key to rejuvenating the American economy, tiny Fowler is making itself a full-scale test case.
"This is absolutely changing the town," said Wayne Snider, the town manager and architect of the project. "This is not a pipe dream."