Greener crops

Farming just got a little greener in Vermont, as the state recently announced a new energy efficiency partnership.

Farmers and agricultural producers can undertake energy efficiency projects under a new partnership formed between EnSave, Efficiency Vermont and Green Mountain Power. EnSave, based in Richmond, is an agricultural energy efficiency consulting firm helping farms achieve energy efficiency goals and reduce environmental impacts for customers throughout the nation.

Under the Community Energy and Efficiency Development fund created with the merger of Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS) and Green Mountain Power (GMP), projects intended to result in energy savings for customers within the legacy CVPS territory including dairy farms, livestock farms, greenhouse operations, maple producers and other agricultural operations can receive direct consulting technical assistance from EnSave staff.

The CEED Ag Direct Install Program includes a free visit to the participating farm. At this visit, EnSave staff will install or provide compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and engine block heater timers at no cost to the farmer.

In addition to the free CFLs and timers, during the visit EnSave staff will identify energy efficiency opportunities at the farm. Some of these improvements may be eligible for Efficiency Vermont rebates. If so, EnSave staff will highlight the rebate and provide the appropriate rebate form(s) to the farmer.

Custom projects and rebates can also be assessed for equipment not listed on a rebate form. In addition to rebates, Efficiency Vermont may also be able to provide loan assistance to help cover the cost of the energy efficiency project.

Farmers can contact EnSave at 800-732-1399 to verify eligibility and set up a visit. 

Agency of Commerce and Community Development

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