American Biogas Council 2016 Agricultural Project of the Year Awarded to Barstow’s Longview Farm Anaerobic Digester Partnership with Vanguard Renewables, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, and Eversource

The strategic partnership between Barstow’s Longview Farm, Vanguard Renewables, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, and Eversource features a Vanguard Renewables Farm Powered™ anaerobic digester that combines farm waste and recycled food waste from Geissler’s Supermarkets and food manufacturers including the Cabot Creamery/Agri-Mark Cooperative, HP Hood, Cains, and Garelick. The project produces enough Farm Powered energy to power Cabot’s butter production facility in West Springfield, Massachusetts and to provide reduced-cost electricity to the farm. It also provides the farm with heat, hot water, and organic fertilizer. The Barstow’s Farm Powered anaerobic digester produces more than 7,000 MWh of renewable energy per year, which is equivalent to the needs of 1,600 homes. The project offsets nearly 20,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually; the equivalent to taking 3,970 cars off the road for one year.

“We are delighted to play a role in demonstrating the combined power of modern farming practice and anaerobic digestion. In these troubling times of low milk prices and high energy and operational costs, it is so rewarding to work with the Barstow’s farm and other American farms on innovations to sustain them for the next generation.“ – John Hanselman, Executive Chairman, Vanguard Renewables.

The American Biogas Council 2016 Biogas Industry Awards were presented on October 18th at BioCycleREFOR16 in Orlando. The winners included five biogas systems, one innovation and one individual all recognized for their contributions to the growth of the U.S. biogas industry. In addition, 34 projects received the ABC’s first longevity awards given to biogas systems, which have been continuously operating for more than five years.

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