Patrick-Murray Administration Announces Energy Grants for 32 Farm Projects Across the Commonwealth
BOSTON – Thursday, December 22, 2011 – The Patrick-Murray Administration's Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) today awarded 32 grants totaling $455,000 to enable Massachusetts farmers to install renewable energy systems and improve energy efficiency.
“Massachusetts continues to be a leader in energy efficiency and grants like these allow our farmers to save energy and protect the environment,” said Governor Deval Patrick. "We are proud to help our farming families and small businesses benefit from the clean energy revolution."
Awarded through the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources' (DAR) Agricultural Energy Grant Program, funding was provided to farms in the towns of Amesbury, Bourne, Boxford, Brewster, Carver, Colrain, Conway, Deerfield, Granville, Hadley, Hardwick, Haverhill, Hawley, Ipswich, Montague, New Salem, Oakham, Shelburne, Sherborn, Egremont, Stow, Sudbury, Sunderland, Barnstable, Whately, Williamsburg and Worthington.
“Through the Administration’s Agricultural Energy Grant Program, we continue to work with the farming industry to improve energy efficiency and renewable energy in Massachusetts,” said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. “In doing so, these grants also provide opportunities to preserve natural resources and create jobs that support a range of projects and boosts local economies.”
These grants will fund projects such as solar photovoltaic systems for vegetable and orchard operations, variable speed vacuum pumps for dairies, reverse osmosis machines for maple syrup operations, and thermal blankets for greenhouses.
“Helping our farmers adopt new energy efficient methods protects our environment, reduces energy use and cuts long-term energy costs for the agricultural industry,” said Energy and Environmental Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr., whose office includes DAR. “I applaud the efforts of today’s recipients who are partners in our progress toward a clean energy future.”
Since 2009, the grant program has funded 89 projects statewide, providing growers and producers more than $1.2 million to address energy issues on their farms.
"In the past three years the Ag Energy program and the Massachusetts Farm Energy Program have helped Massachusetts farmers reduce energy costs and improve overall efficiency," said DAR Commissioner Scott J. Soares. “These grants also stimulate local economic activity through the purchase of materials and equipment. I would like to offer my congratulations to all of the producers receiving these awards.”
“Adopting cleaner energy sources and cutting energy consumption is happening all across the Commonwealth thanks to the active participation of businesses likes these,” said Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Mark Sylvia.
The program is one of several within the DAR’s Division of Agricultural Conservation and Technical Assistance (DACTA), whose mission is to provide technical assistance, training, conservation, and funding to promote economically viable and sound agricultural practices in Massachusetts.
The grants are being awarded to:
Cider Hill Farm
(1) Outdoor Wood Boilers
Clarkdale Fruit Farm
Cold Storage Upgrade
Copper Beech Farm, Inc.
Photovoltaic System for FLUPSY
Edgewood Bogs, LLC
25kW Photovoltaic System
Heating; Thermal Blanket; Shade Screen
Full Bloom Market Garden, LLC
103.6 kW Photovoltaic System
Handy Cranberry Trust
9.8kW Photovoltaic System
Hilltown Farmers Biodiesel, LLC
Grain Cleaner for Biodiesel
J.P. Bartlett Co.
Just-a-mere Tree Farm
4.6kW Photovoltaic System; Steam Hood; Preheater
Lawton Family Sugarhouse
Reverse Osmosis Machine
Linabella's Gourmet Garlic Farm, LLC
Little Farm on Cape Cod
13.3kW Photovoltaic System
Maple Corner Farm
Reverse Osmosis Upgrade; Evaporator
Marini Farm, LLC
(2) Biomass Corn Boilers
New Salem Preserves
9.4kW Photovoltaic System
North Hadley Sugar Shack
Reverse Osmosis; Evaporator
Patterson Farm, LLC
10.3 kW Photovoltaic System
Plate Cooler; Variable Speed Drive Vacuum Pump; Heat Reclaim
Red Fire Farm
Rock Maple Farm
9.2kW Photovoltaic System
Savage Farms, Inc.
33.12kW Photovoltaic System
3.28kW Photovoltaic System
Reverse Osmosis Upgrade; Steamaway & Hood for Evaporator
Stow Greenhouses, LLC
60kW Photovoltaic System
Turner Farms, Inc.
Heat Reclaim; Variable Speed Vacuum Pump
Valley Malt, LLC
West Branch Farm
Outdoor Wood Boiler
Wheel View Farm
9.87kW Photovoltaic System
Willow Spring Vineyards, LLC
Geothermal; 5.6kW Photovoltaic System
“I am pleased to see the Patrick Administration and the Department of Agricultural Resources make these funds available,” said Sen. Marc R. Pacheco, Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. “These grants will help to green up the bottom line for the Agriculture industry in the Commonwealth by improving energy efficiency and expanding the use of renewable energy.”
“Farmers continue to do all they can to keep their farms viable,” said Rep. Anne Gobi, House Chair of the Joint Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. “These grants assist them and benefit all of us who rely on those farms.”
For more information on the Ag-Energy Program, visit www.mass.gov/agr/programs/aegp/index.htm
For information on the Division of Technical Assistance programs, visit www.mass.gov/agr/divisions/ag_technical_assistance.htm
DAR’s mission is to ensure the long-term viability of agriculture in Massachusetts. Through its four divisions – Agricultural Conservation & Technical Assistance, Agricultural Markets, Animal Health, and Crop and Pest Services – DAR strives to support, regulate and enhance the rich diversity of the Commonwealth’s agricultural community to promote economically and environmentally sound food safety and animal health measures, and fulfill agriculture’s role in energy conservation and production. For more information, visit DAR’s website at www.mass.gov/agr, and/or follow at http://twitter.com/MDARCommish