November 2, 2016
The renewable energy strategic partnership between Barstow’s Longview Farm, Vanguard Renewables and Eversource was awarded the 2016 American Biogas Council Agricultural Project of the Year. The Farm Powered anaerobic digester at Barstow’s combines farm waste and recycled food waste to produce more than 7,000 MWh of renewable energy per year for the Eversource grid, which is equivalent to the needs of 1,600 homes. The process offsets nearly 20,000 tons of CO2 emissions annual
“Congratulations to Longview Farm on their award from the American Biogas Council and for the contribution to diversifying our energy portfolio and reducing our carbon footprint,. They are truly leading the way towards our green energy future,” said Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst).
The Barstow’s zero-waste Farm Powered anaerobic digester in Hadley coverts the energy potential from nearly 10,000 tons of manure and more than 20,000 tons of recycled food waste from supermarkets, food manufacturers, and institutional food users annually into electricity, heat, and hot water. The project produces enough energy to power the Cabot Creamery/Agri-Mark Cooperative butter production facility in West Springfield and provides reduced-cost power, heat, hot water, and organic fertilizer to the farm.