Patrick-Murray Administration Announces 27 Grants For Energy Projects At Massachusetts Farms

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The Patrick-Murray Administration awarded 27 grants totaling $325,000 to Massachusetts farmers to implement renewable energy systems and improve energy efficiency on farms.

“These grants will give our farmers the resources for economic success and drive our clean energy future,” said Governor Deval Patrick. “They are a step in delivering on our goal to make Massachusetts a leader in the clean energy revolution that is sweeping the world.”

Awarded through the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources’ (DAR) Agricultural Energy Grant Program, funding was provided to farms in the towns of Amherst, Bridgewater, Chesterfield, Colrain, Dartmouth, Deerfield, East Longmeadow, Feeding Hills, Framingham, Granville, Hancock, Hardwick, Hatfield, Ipswich, Nantucket, Orange, Paxton, Rutland, Sheffield, Sunderland, Topsfield, Townsend, Truro, Whatley and Worthington.

“This grant program is an important component of the Commonwealth’s efforts to reduce energy costs and improve efficiency,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan, whose office includes DAR. “I want to thank this year’s recipients who are partners in our progress toward a clean energy future.”

Grants will fund projects such as photovoltaic systems for vegetable and orchard operations, variable speed vacuum pumps for dairies, reverse osmosis machines for maple syrup operations, and thermal blankets for greenhouses.

“These grants not only help farmers realize immediate energy efficiency benefits but also provide economic stimulus to local businesses providing materials and equipment to farms,” said DAR Commissioner Greg Watson.

The Agricultural Energy Grant Program is one of several within DAR’s Division of Agricultural Conservation and Technical Assistance (DACTA). The division’s mission is to provide technical assistance, training, conservation, and funding to promote economically viable and environmentally sound agricultural practices in Massachusetts.

“This program is key in helping farmers adopt cleaner energy practices and reduce energy consumption all across Massachusetts, keeping them sustainable and in step with the Commonwealth’s long-term energy goals,” said Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Mark Sylvia.

The program has funded 120 projects statewide since 2009, providing growers and producers more than $1.6 million to address energy issues on their farms. This year, 38 applicants submitted a variety of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects totaling approximately $750,000 in requests.

“The impact of grants such as this cannot be understated,” said Sen. Marc Pacheco, Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. “The valuable funding will provide farmers a solid economic benefit and will help us all advance toward a long-term true sustainable development future.

“The Patrick Administration continues to be a leader in energy projects. These grants, which literally benefit every corner of the Commonwealth, are a key to helping our farmers and agricultural sector continue to prosper and remain viable,” said Rep. Anne Gobi, House Chair of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.

Today’s grant awardees:

Municipality Farm Name Project Award
Nantucket Bartlett’s Ocean View Farm, Inc. 185.6kW Photovoltaic System $20,000
Colrain Coombs Hill Farm Variable Speed Pump $8,705
Chesterfield Crabapple Farm 6.7kW Photovoltaic System $12,000
Feeding Hills Don Stepanik’s Farm Natural Gas Conversion, High Efficiency Boilers $10,000
Framingham Eastleigh Farm Bio-Fuel $10,000
East Longmeadow Graziano Gardens Greenhouse Electronic Controls $2,195
Bridgewater Hanson Farm, Inc. 14.16kW Photovoltaic System $15,000
Hardwick Hardwick Sugar Shack Reverse Osmosis $12,500
Orange Hunt Farm 54.45kW Photovoltaic System $20,000
Hancock Ioka Valley Farm 14.4kW Photovoltaic System $25,000
Worthington Just-A-Mere Tree Farm Reverse Osmosis $7,500
Worthington Kinne Brook Farm 10.56kW Photovoltaic System $10,000
South Deerfield Long Plain Farm, LLC Outdoor Wood Boiler $15,000
Ipswich Marini Farm, LLC Biomass Boiler $5,000
Sheffield Pine Island Farm Partnership Digester Heat Recovery $12,500
Amherst Potwine Neighborhood Farm Heat Recovery $3,000
Paxton R.H. Robinson Co. High Efficient Greenhouse $5,000
Rutland Schultz Farm 59.4kW Photovoltaic System $20,000
Townsend Settlement Farm 39.33kW Photovoltaic System $5,000
Dartmouth Silverbrook Farm, LLC 26.6kW Photovoltaic System $7,500
Springfield Sixteen Acres Garden Center, Inc. Greenhouse Shade Screen $5,400
Hatfield Szawlowski Potato Farms, Inc. Cold Storage $12,500
North Truro Truro Vineyard 40.5kW Photovoltaic System $21,850
Granville Up Hill Farm, LLC 4.8kW Photovoltaic System $9,350
Topsfield Valley View Farm Cheese Cave $20,000
Sunderland Warner Farm 9.8kW Photovoltaic System, Walk-in Cooler $17,500
Deerfield Williams Farm, Inc. Steam Hood, Natural Gas Conversion $12,500

For more information on the Ag-Energy Program, visit

For information on the Division of Technical Assistance programs, visit


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