The Competitive Edge: Vanguard Renewables


Q: What was the reason for founding your organization – what was the open niche you saw that could be addressed with a new product or service? What was the problem, or gap, or opportunity?

Vanguard Renewables’ leadership saw an opportunity to help the American farmer to improve manure and nutrient management and to provide farms with a new, diversified income stream. They also recognized the crisis of food waste in the U.S. and the need for food manufacturers and food users to have a destination to divert that food waste away from landfills in order to comply with state and municipal organics to landfill bans. The company began by addressing the opportunity to recycle food waste and waste from farms into clean, renewable energy through co-digestion. Now the company has expanded to offering a manure-only anaerobic digestion program as part of a $200 million strategic alliance with Dominion Energy. Vanguard Renewables also has a multi-year strategic alliance with Dairy Farmers of America to bring the benefits of anaerobic digestion to farms across the U.S.

Q: Tell us about your organization. What do you do?

Vanguard Renewables is the U.S. leader in farm-based anaerobic digestion. We have a multi-year strategic alliance with Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), the largest dairy cooperative in the U.S. with more than 14,000 dairy-farmer members across 48 states and operate anaerobic digesters throughout the Northeast with projects in development nationwide.

Based in Wellesley, Massachusetts, Vanguard’s is placing Farm Powered anaerobic digesters on farms across the U.S. Vanguard Renewables won the 2019 American Biogas Council Up-and-Coming Project Award for its anaerobic digester facility in Salisbury, VT and the 2019 ABC Longevity Award for its Rutland, MA anaerobic digester facility. Vanguard’s Hadley, MA anaerobic digester project won 2016 ABC Project of the Year. Vanguard Renewables’ leadership in on-farm co-digestion of food waste and farm waste to renewable energy won the company 2018 Organics Recycler of the Year honors from the National Waste & Recycling Assoc.

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