Vegetable Producer Installs 500 kW Biogas Plant

Linda Hardesty

Weltec Biopower is building a 500 kW anaerobic digestion plant in Northern Ireland for vegetable producer Gilfresh Produce. This is Weltec’s third plant in Northern Ireland and eleventh in the UK. Gilfresh used to deliver the vegetable waste that accumulates in the sorting, washing and packaging processes to farmers as cattle feed. From July 2015,   …Continue Reading

$280M in Energy Efficiency Grants Available to Farmers, Small Businesses

Linda Hardesty

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making more than $280 million available to rural agricultural producers and small business owners to purchase and install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements. The funding is offered through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). USDA is offering grants for up to 25 percent of   …Continue Reading

Underground Greenhouse Selects Valoya’s LED Lights

Linda Hardesty

A London-based producer of leafy greens – Growing Underground – has selected Valoya’s LED lights for its multi-layer, underground production facility. Growing Underground will start production of leafy greens, such as lettuce, cress, herbs and a variety of micro-greens 108 feet under South London. The production space is located in a disused air-raid shelter in   …Continue Reading

DTE Energy Expands Agricultural Energy-Efficiency Incentives

Linda Hardesty

DTE Energy added 20 new agricultural energy-efficiency incentives under its Commercial Energy-Efficiency Incentive Program. Members of Michigan’s agricultural community now can apply for cash incentives that will help pay for equipment upgrades and lower their monthly operating expenses. These incentives are available to both commercial and residential rate-code agriculture customers. DTE created incentives for those   …Continue Reading

Maryland Department of Agriculture Invests $970K in Waste-to-Energy Project

Karen Henry

The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) awarded a $970,000 grant to Biomass Heating Solutions (BHSL) for a manure-to-energy project at a Dorchester County poultry farm. BHSL will use electricity generating technology to process poultry litter into energy that will heat and cool four poultry houses. The system is projected to generate 526 MWh of electricity   …Continue Reading

Crops Consume More Energy than Livestock

Karen Henry

The US agriculture industry used nearly 800 trillion Btu of energy in 2012. According to an analysis from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), crop operations consume much more energy than livestock operations, and energy expenditures for crops account for a higher percentage of farm operating costs. Agricultural energy consumption includes direct and indirect energy consumption. Direct   …Continue Reading

Avocado Exporter Installs Demand Management

Linda Hardesty

A global importer, processor and exporter of avocados, Mission Produce, which is based in Oxnard, Calif., is hiring Powerit Solutions to implement its Spara Demand Manager software at a new avocado storage facility in Peru. Spara links industrial facilities to the smart grid, so customers can control energy use. Mission Produce already participates in smart   …Continue Reading

Dole Plantation, WM Keck Observatory Go Solar

Linda Hardesty

REC Solar completed six solar energy systems for Hawaii’s historic Dole Plantation and W.M. Keck Observatory. REC Solar was selected to design and install four ground-mount systems at the Dole Plantation, located on Oahu, Hawaii. REC Solar also installed two solar roof-mount projects at the Headquarters and Visiting Scientist Quarters of the W.M. Keck Observatory,   …Continue Reading

Pennsylvania PUC Moves to Restrict Net Metering for Farmers

Linda Hardesty

The Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is asking the state’s Public Utility Commission to not classify farms as “commercial generating” entities for net metering purposes. The Farm Bureau submitted written comments to the PUC in response to a proposal to revise the regulatory standards for implementation of the Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act of 2004, reports North   …Continue Reading

Increasing Energy Efficiency in the Greenhouse

Karen Henry

To help gardening businesses reduce their energy use and save money—regardless of the season—Michigan State University Extension outlined some common energy efficiency practices and technologies that can be used in the greenhouse. Heaters that are 93–95 percent efficient are now available, and installing one of these can save a gardening business up to 45 percent   …Continue Reading

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