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Category Archives: Farm-based Energy

Harvesting the sun for hot water on farms Posted on Sep 23

Harvesting the sun for hot water on farms

Gerry Palano Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency Coordinator, Department of Agricultural Resources View Gerry's Complete Bio Jess Cook, Berkshire of Pioneer RC&D (BPRC&D), program manager for our Massachusetts Farm Energy Program and Devon Whitney-Deal of Communities Involved with Sustainable Agriculture (CISA) contributed to this post. The Farm   …Continue Reading Harvesting the sun for hot water on farms

Visiting “green acres” Posted on Aug 23

Visiting “green acres”

Scott J. Soares Commissioner, Department of Agricultural Resources View Scott's Complete Bio Earlier this summer, I traveled to Western Massachusetts with Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan, state legislators, and representatives from the US Department of Agriculture, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), and   …Continue Reading Visiting “green acres”

Solar and farming synergy Posted on Aug 5

Solar and farming synergy

Gerry Palano Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency Coordinator, Department of Agricultural Resources View Gerry's Complete Bio Sometimes competing interests can cultivate innovation. With demand for fresh, locally grown and raised foods increasing in recent years for consumer supported agriculture (CSAs), farmers markets, farm stand sales, and local   …Continue Reading Solar and farming synergy

Cape Cod Organic Farm now harvesting solar power Posted on Jul 19

Cape Cod Organic Farm now harvesting solar power

Gerry PalanoRenewable Energy/Energy Efficiency Coordinator, Department of Agricultural ResourcesView Gerry's Complete Bio Dan BurgessClean Energy Fellow, Department of Energy ResourcesView Dan's Complete Bio In Barnstable, the Cape Cod Organic Farm recently flipped the switch on a new homegrown product: solar energy. This organic farm is   …Continue Reading Cape Cod Organic Farm now harvesting solar power

Follow Friday: The Energy Edition Posted on Jul 15

Follow Friday: The Energy Edition

Dan Burgess Clean Energy Fellow, Department of Energy Resources View Dan’s Complete Bio Are you looking for the latest energy news and updates in Massachusetts? You have come to the right place. The Energy Smarts blog provides an inside look into state energy policies, stories,   …Continue Reading Follow Friday: The Energy Edition

Cow-a-bunga! Dairy farms “moo-ving” towards green energy Posted on Jun 6

Cow-a-bunga! Dairy farms “moo-ving” towards green energy

Gerry Palano Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency Coordinator, Department of Agricultural Resources View Gerry’s Complete Bio From a business, as well as an environmental, perspective, many dairy farms across Massachusetts are now ”moo-ving” to become more sustainable through energy efficiency and clean renewable energy technologies. In fact,   …Continue Reading Cow-a-bunga! Dairy farms “moo-ving” towards green energy

Green Maple Syrup? Posted on Feb 28

Green Maple Syrup?

Gerry Palano Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency Coordinator, Department of Agricultural Resources View Gerry’s Complete Bio DAR’s Laura Maul – Program Coordinator, Technical Assistance -  co-wrote this blog post. March is Massachusetts Maple Month. After the winter Massachusetts has endured this year, we all are looking forward to   …Continue Reading Green Maple Syrup?

Winter Energy Workshops for Farms Posted on Feb 5

Winter Energy Workshops for Farms

Gerry Palano Energy/Energy Efficiency Coordinator, Department of Agricultural Resources View Gerry's Complete Bio The Winter Farm Energy Workshop series on technical assistance and financial incentives for farms and forest product businesses began its fourth season this winter. Intending to inform farmers across the state about   …Continue Reading Winter Energy Workshops for Farms

Cow Power Comes to the Commonwealth Posted on Jan 11

Cow Power Comes to the Commonwealth

Carter Wall Executive Director, Renewable Energy Division, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center View Carter’s Complete Bio Two exciting renewable energy projects are currently under construction at dairy farms in Massachusetts. When completed this spring, they will be the first ever in the state to produce electricity   …Continue Reading Cow Power Comes to the Commonwealth

Happy (and energy efficient) Anniversary, MNLA! Posted on Dec 18

Happy (and energy efficient) Anniversary, MNLA!

Scott J. Soares Commissioner, Department of Agricultural Resources View Scott's Complete Bio This holiday season coincides with the Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association’s (MNLA) 100 year anniversary. Over the years, MNLA has partnered with DAR in efforts to combat Asian Longhorned beetles and other invasive   …Continue Reading Happy (and energy efficient) Anniversary, MNLA!