Farm Grant Season
This week the last of the PV grant applications for local farms we've prepared ...(read more)
Sara Ross and Sungage
This is an important debate to watch on the Solar lease vs Solar ownership models in the ...(read more)
March 23rd update to the update of March 1st. Yesterday the Ma Dept of Energy ...(read more)
We installed Howden Farm's first photovoltaic system in 2005, this 1 kW pole mount system was one of the first PV systems in the country supported by USDA grant funding and the first in Sheffield Massachusetts. In 2010 Howden farm added roof mounted systems on separate barns with support from Massachusetts and Federal grant programs for farmers. The total capacity now is 12.04 kW which supplies almost 100% of the farm electricity requirements.
Bruce Howden and David Prouty of Howden Farm are stewards of some of the most beautiful farmland in the Berkshires. Bruce is a long time volunteer officer of the Berkshire County Farm Bureau and respected advocate for family farmers across the state. Howden Farm is home of the famous Howden Pumpkin, a proprietary variety. Be sure to visit www.howdenfarm.com and the farm to learn more about their environmental mission.
Our customers understand: "Photovoltaics (PV) is a signature technology for the post industrial age, there are no moving parts except those infinitesimals; photons and electrons moving at light speed. In contrast to many electric generation technologies, there is no combustion, no need to contain pressure. No noise, no dynamic vibrations, no lubrication or adjustments are needed. The fuel is abundant and free, there is no waste. With PV's technical sensibility, progressive cultural and ecological benefits attach and together define sustainability. Our customers are clean energy consumers and generators." -Christopher Derby Kilfoyle ©BPVS 2012