Three Vermont farms recently signed LOI’s to purchase PlanET’s new 100 kW anaerobic digester, and they did this during a milk price crisis. Why? Because this new model is inexpensive and provides new revenue streams for farms as small as 300 cows. The farms are in Addison, Franklin and Caledonia Counties.
From left – Vermont farmer Mark Magnan, Rob Achilles of the state Agency for Agriculture, Food & Markets along with Jim Muir and Mike Curtis discussing a new 100 kW digester for the Magnan Bros. 375 cow Maquam Shore dairy farm.
Dairy farmland in Addison County, future site of PlanET anaerobic digester. Green Mountains in distance.
If all proceeds as expected, income will appear in the form of electricity sales/offsets, free bedding, useful heat, and more “plant available” liquid fertilizer (just 5% total solids). The excess can be sold as bedding to neighboring farms or as soil amendment to plant nurseries.
The smaller size is important because it means that farms throughout America can now benefit financially from a digester – even if they can’t profitably sell the electricity to the local utility. How is this possible? By taking the farm off grid and allowing the new digester to provide the farm’s electricity. Something that can cost $50,000 or more annually.
Heifers being well taken care of on Grande Isle (Vermont) farm.