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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Announces Agricultural Clean Energy Projects to Save Money and Reduce Emissions

For immediate release:
11/29/2017
  • Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
  • Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources

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Katie Gronendyke

BOSTONThe Baker-Polito Administration today awarded 38 grants totaling $908,259 to Massachusetts farmers to implement renewable energy systems and improve energy efficiency on farms. The farms receiving funding are projected to save farmers over $200,000 annually and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 660 tons each year. The grants are funded through the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources’ (MDAR) Agricultural Energy Grant Program (AgEnergy) in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER).

“Massachusetts continues to lead the nation in clean energy, and these grants will provide our farmers with the opportunity to continue adopting clean energy technologies,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Their ensuing savings from the clean energy projects can easily be reinvested into farms across the Commonwealth and eventually lead to even better products for consumers.”

“The Agricultural Energy Grant Program is an important tool to ensure that our agricultural partners have the tools they need to lower their energy costs, usage, and emissions,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito.

The grants are part of two agricultural energy programs, namely Traditional and Special Projects. Traditional projects focus on conventional energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Special Projects focus on technologies that typically require higher capital cost but could potentially yield greater savings and/or positive agricultural impacts in an effort to improve the farm’s energy efficiency and to facilitate adoption of less conventional, alternative clean energy technology applications.

“By working together across agencies, these grants contribute to the Baker-Polito Administration’s commitment to protecting our Commonwealth’s natural resources and supporting our clean, renewable energy,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “The clean energy technologies funded by these grants will help Massachusetts meet our ambitious Global Warming Solutions Act emissions reductions target and create a clean, sustainable environment for our farmers.”


This year’s AgEnergy Program will fund twenty-nine (29) projects, a combination of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects including over twenty roof- and ground-mounted photovoltaic systems for a variety of farm sector operations including vegetable & fruit, cow dairy cheese-making, vegetable & horticultural, year-round greenhouses, cut flowers, livestock, aquaculture, malting, and vineyard operations.

The awarded projects are:

Farm Name

Municipality

Project

Award

Robinson Farm

Hardwick

15 kW PV System

$30,000

Red Shirt Farm

Lanesboro

9.75 kW PV System

$26,000

Hearthside Sugar House

Shelburne Falls

RO & Preheater

$3,939

Winter Rock Farm

Chesterfield

Evaporator

$5,000

Rocky Maple Bogs

West Wareham

7.67 kW PV System

$10,000

Dick's Market Garden

Lunenburg

18 kW PV System

$21,105

Cape Cod Oyster Company, Inc.

Marstons Mills

56.7 kW PV System

$30,000

Shinglebrook Farm

Shelburne

Heat Pads for Piglets

$1,500

Atlas Farm

Deerfield

65 kW PV System

$30,000

Shaw Farm Dairy, Inc.

Dracut

390 kW Ground Mount PV System

$30,000

PJ Cranberries

East Sandwich

6.6 kW PV System

$15,000

Baile an Chotaigh Farm

Westminster

HE Evaporator

$9,213

Mountain View Farms, LLC

Easthampton

37.8 kW PV System

$30,000

Fresh Meadow Farm

Carver

24.9 kW PV System

$25,000

Broken Creek Vineyard

Shrewsbury

13.745 kW PV System

$30,000

Valley Malt, LLC

Hadley

15 kW PV System; Variable Freq. Drives

$22,100

The Farmer's Garden

Rehoboth

HE Greenhouse Furnace

$30,000

Hunt Road Berry Farm

West Brookfield

7.425 kW PV

$10,000

Hardwick Sugar Shack

Hardwick

RO Membrane Replacement & Upgrade

$5,800

Foxbard Farm, LLC

Shelburne

27.35 kW PV System

$30,000

Flat Rock Farm

Chesterfield

4.48 kW PV System

$12,500

Fivefork Farms, LLC

Upton

24.84 kW PV System

$30,000

Meadowbrook Orchards

Sterling

20.48 kW PV System

$20,000

M. Huberman, Inc.

Saugus

Re-glazing Greenhouse Glass

$25,000

Square Roots Farm

Lanesboro

12.88 kW PV System

$20,000

Sweet Meadow Farm/Five College Farm

Hadley

448.5 kW PV System

$30,000

Holiday Farm

Berlin

10.7 kW PV System

$15,000

Horseshoe Farm

Warwick

12.43 kW Ground Mounted PV System

$15,000

Wilder Hill Gardens

Conway

5.89 kW PV System

$15,000

“The collaboration between MDAR and DOER on the Ag Energy grant program continues to help farmers throughout the Commonwealth maximize the environmental and economic benefits of improving energy efficiency on their farms,” said Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources Commissioner John Lebeaux. “Installing clean energy projects can ensure long term farm viability by reducing energy costs while also helping to protect the environment.”

“The Department of Energy Resources is pleased to help fund these clean energy and energy efficiency projects at farms and agricultural operations,” said Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Judith Judson. “These projects will strengthen their ability to control energy costs, reduce emissions, and make their operations more resilient.”

This year’s Special Projects Program, now in its second year, will fund nine (9) projects, including for the first time two co-location solar PV projects. This technology emphasizes optimization of both farm land use for crops, grazing, etc. and energy generation, whereby solar PV panels are mounted high and spread apart enough to allow for adequate sunlight penetration for continuous crop production and human labor and farm equipment usage beneath the panels. One project will be for a vegetable farm operation; the other a creative use of co-location to support a fresh water raceway and tank production aquaculture system. Other Special Projects include zero net energy structures and centralized walk-in coolers/freezers.

The awarded projects are:

Farm Name

Municipality

Project

Award

Blue Stream Aquaculture, LLC

West Barnstable

Solar PV Canopies

$ 85,000

Drumlin Farm c/o Mass Audubon

Lincoln

Walk-in Cooler

$ 25,000

Knowlton Farm Nominee Trust

Grafton

88 kW Co-Location PV solar canopy

$100,000

Foxbard Farm LLC

Shelburne

Walk-in Cooler

$15,000

Just-A-Mere Tree Farm

Worthington

Net Zero Maple Kitchen

$ 40,000

Hunt Road Berry Farm

West Brookfield

Walk-in Cooler

$8,562

University of Massachusetts

Lowell

Net Zero GH Solar Powered Lighting & Power Controls

$7,540

Fivefork Farms, LLC

Upton

Walk-in Cooler

$25,000 25,000

F.W. Schumacher Co., Inc.

East Sandwich

HE Walk-in Refrigeration with Building

$ 25,000

The Agricultural Energy Grant Program is one of several within MDAR’s Division of Agricultural Conservation and Technical Assistance (DACTA). The Division’s mission is to provide technical assistance, training, conservation, and funding to promote economically viable and environmentally sound agricultural practices in Massachusetts.

“The Agricultural Energy Grant Program supports two goals of the Senate, reducing carbon emissions to build a renewable energy future and supporting our family farms, especially in Western Massachusetts,” said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst). “These grants will help our farmers save money on energy costs and allow them to invest these savings in their farming operations.”

“Congratulations to Robinson Farm, Hunt Road Berry Farm, and Hardwick Sugar Shack on being selected for these grant awards,” said State Senator Anne Gobi (D-Spencer), Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. “The Ag-Energy grant program has done a phenomenal job in supporting small farmers, while working to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, making for a better Commonwealth.”

“Massachusetts continues to be a leader in promoting and supporting renewable energy, and I applaud the Baker-Polito Administration for their commitment to ensuring that our farmers benefit from this movement,” said State Representative Donald Berthiaume (R-Spencer). “Ag Energy projects make our farms more viable, environmentally sound and can help offset the cost of production, therefore allowing farmers to keep more of their well-earned profits.”

With today’s announcement. both programs have now awarded grants to 240 projects statewide since 2009, providing growers and producers with more than $3.8 million to address energy issues on their farms.

 

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Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs 

The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs seeks to protect, preserve, and enhance the Commonwealth’s environmental resources while ensuring a clean energy future for the state’s residents. Through the stewardship of open space, protection of environmental resources, and enhancement of clean energy, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs works tirelessly to make Massachusetts a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family.

Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources 

The Department's mission is to ensure the long-term viability of agriculture in Massachusetts.

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