Deerfield methane digester getting hooked up to grid


A $5 million methane digester-power generator that went online at the beginning of March was finally showing signs late this week of being fully connected at Bar-Way Farm, nine months after the 1-megawatt generator was supposed to have been churning out electricity for the power grid.

Eversource crews were at work at the dairy farm, where farmer Peter Melnick had complained in September that the utility had failed to meet several promised dates for hooking up the methane-burning generator to the electric grid.

Meanwhile, two or three trucks a week have been delivering organic food waste from around the state, at the rate of 75 tons, added to about 25 tons of manure a week from Bar-Way’s 500 Holstein cows to meet the obligations of the farm’s partnership with Wellesley-based Vanguard Renewables.

Deerfield methane digester getting hooked up to grid

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