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September 10, 2021

Central Mass. farms granted $46K for renewable energy

Photo | Courtesy Red Apple Farm in Phillipston

Three Central Massachusetts businesses received grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s rural development program, in order to install solar systems, according to a Thursday announcement.

Burnshirt Hills LLC, a horse farm in Hubbardston, received a grant for $15,425 to purchase and install an 18.9-kilowatt solar array to be mounted on its roof. The solar panels will amount to $5,950 in annual savings for the farm, according to the USDA’s press release.

Red Apple Farm in Phillipston was awarded $20,000 to install a solar hot water system which will provide pre-heat to a new geothermal system and direct hot water. The renovation will save the fourth-generation family farm $490 per year.

Medway Community Farm received $10,584 from the USDA, which will go toward a ground-mounted solar array, replacing 106% of the farm’s energy use and saving $5,694 a year. The Medway farm is a nonprofit focused on providing food and education for the community.

The USDA awarded a total of $82,832 to six rural Massachusetts businesses, and invested $464 million nationally to build and improve renewable energy infrastructure for rural communities. 

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