PRESS RELEASE: Vanguard Renewables and Jordan Dairy Farms, Rutland, Massachusetts Win American Biogas Council 2019 Longevity Award
For Immediate Release
October 31, 2019
Rutland, Ma. – Vanguard Renewables and Jordan Dairy Farms received the 2019 American Biogas Council Longevity Award for the Farm Powered® Jordan Dairy Farms Anaerobic Digester project at the organization’s awards ceremony on October 29. This award recognizes a project in operation for five years or longer. Jordan Dairy Farms, Rutland, Massachusetts was the first dairy in Massachusetts to use anaerobic digester technology to blend farm manure and food waste to produce renewable power. The digester system has been in operation since 2011. In addition to the Rutland facility, Jordan Dairy Farms now hosts a second Farm Powered digester located at their Jordan Dairy Farms Heifer Facility in Spencer, Ma. This is the fifth Vanguard Renewables Farm Powered anaerobic digester project operating in Massachusetts.
Vanguard Renewables and Vermont Gas Systems (VGS) also received the 2019 Up-and-Coming Award for the Goodrich Farm anaerobic digester project in Salisbury, Vt. The project is a unique partnership between Vanguard Renewables, VGS, Middlebury College, and the Goodrich Family. It will generate biogas from manure and food waste and convert it to pipeline quality gas for use by Middlebury College and VGS’s customers. This project is the first to sell renewable gas to end customers and is now bringing diversity to the industry by developing markets for RNG.
“We are so honored to work with farms across the United States from the early days of biogas production, through the industry’s rapid growth, to this exemplary partnership with VGS,” said John Hanselman, Vanguard Renewables Chairman and CEO. “It’s amazing to be recognized for our latest project at Goodrich Family Farm in Salisbury, Vermont and to receive the 2019 Longevity Award for our legacy digester facility at Jordan Dairy Farms in Rutland, Massachusetts on the same night.”
Jordan Dairy Farms in Rutland, Massachusetts is a six-generation family farm, founded in 1885. The farm is a member of the Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) Cooperative. Operated by brothers Randy and Brian Jordan, the farm has survived despite an extraordinary decline in dairy farm numbers across Massachusetts. Partnering with Vanguard on the Farm Powered anaerobic digester project, the farm now receives low-cost energy, hot water, and heat for reuse.
More than 20,000 tons of food waste annually from food processors and users is combined with more than 9,000 tons of manure a year from the farm in a 500,000-gallon digestion tank. Manure and food waste are mixed and microorganisms convert sugars, fats, and other compounds into biogas annually producing more than 5,200 MWh of renewable energy and odor-free, organic, liquid fertilizer to increase crop yields. The anaerobic digester has revolutionized how the farm gets power, while fitting seamlessly into this quintessential New England dairy farm.
About Vanguard Renewables Vanguard Renewables develops, constructs, owns, and operates farm-based clean energy systems that recycle food waste and farm waste to produce safe and reliable Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) or Renewable Electricity (RE). Vanguard’s Farm Powered portfolio of anaerobic digesters represent the largest organics recycling destination in the Northeast, processing nearly 200,000 tons per year of
combined on-farm and off-farm organics. The company has single stream and co-digestion facilities in development across the US.
Jennifer Forbes, Marketing and Media Relations
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