Fowler, Colorado, To Go Off The Electric Grid

06/26/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

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."

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