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December 25, 2020

What’s unique about a new Connecticut digester

Last month, Connecticut-based Fort Hill Farms announced that it was nearing completion of its new biogas dairy digester. The project, the result of a partnership between Fort Hill, Live Oak Bank, the Connecticut Green Bank and Ag-Grid Energy, will allow Fort Hill to produce produce an estimated 550 kW (737.6 HP) of electricity annually. It will also reduce 25,000 tons of organic waste.[...]
November 24, 2020

Connecticut farm preps for ground-breaking new digester system

Fort Hill Farms, a Connecticut-based, family-owned farm, is nearing completion of a new biogas dairy digester system. The system will recycle food waste and manure into renewable energy and soil projects. A new partnership between Fort Hill, Live Oak Bank, the Connecticut Green Bank and Ag-Grid Energy has allowed the project to go forward. [...]
November 19, 2020

Construction Nears Completion at Connecticut’s First Biogas Dairy Digester System

Thompson, Conn. (Nov. 19, 2020) – Earlier this summer, ground was broken at Fort Hill Farms in Thompson to begin the construction of Connecticut’s first biogas dairy digester system that will recycle food waste and manure into renewable energy and soil products. The project is moving forward thanks to a partnership between the farm, Live Oak Bank, the Connecticut Green Bank, and Ag-Grid Energy. [...]
September 4, 2020

Dairy Digester sets up Fort Hill Farms for the future

A Connecticut dairy farm and a Pennsylvania energy firm have partnered in a project to promote renewable energy and sustainability. This spring, Fort Hill Farms of Thompson, CT, and Ag-Grid Energy of Kennett Square, PA, joined together to form the dairy digester Fort Hill Ag-Grid LLC. The ag-grid project’s goal is to complete and begin operation of an anaerobic digester at the farm’s Connecticut location by year’s end. [...]
July 1, 2020

Leading Women break ground on Connecticut’s first renewable electricity dairy digester

As a young, female farm owner of Fort Hill Farms, Kies Orr is used to breaking new ground. In that way, she and Rashi Akki, CEO of Ag-Grid Energy, have more than a little in common. As a result, to many, it’s no surprise that these two leading women and the teams they’ve built have broken new ground this month in Connecticut. Construction has now commenced at Fort Hill farms to build a biogas system that will recycle food waste and manure, into renewable energy and soil products.[...]
June 1, 2020

Connecticut Department of Agriculture Awards Nearly $548,000 to Farm Transition Grant Applicants

Hytone Farms received a grant from CT Transition Grant to develop their digester project with Ag-Grid Energy. Ag-Grid Energy is excited to see progress in Hytone Farm Digester development with the support from Connecticut Department of Agriculture. Thank you Commissioner Hulburt and the entire CT Dept of Ag team. https://www.facebook.com/ConnecticutGrown [...]
November 5, 2019

New Anaerobic Digestion and Depackaging Facility to Accept Commercial Food Waste – RecyclingWorks Massachusetts

Mass Live recently published an article on the opening of a new anaerobic digestion and depackaging facility in Granville. The facility, which is located on the family-owned Rockwood Farm and was developed by Ag-Grid Energy, will process enough food waste to generate 3.5 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year. The project received outside grant funding, including $500,000 from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, $250,000 from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental […]
November 5, 2019

Finalists Announced: The Best Biogas Projects of 2019

2019 Project of the Year Finalists Named ABC Biogas Industry Awards and Dinner | October 29 We are excited to announce this year’s finalists for the 2019 ABC Biogas Industry Awards. This year, we received many nominations for great anaerobic digestion and landfill projects across the country and these are the finalists from which top winners will be announced on Tuesday, October 29. Each project offers a unique example of how […]
October 9, 2019

Save the farm, save the environment: Granville farm unveils digester that generates power from manure and food waste

GRANVILLE — Rockwood Farm  has 600 cows and one 800,000-gallon stomach. The “stomach,” an 18-foot-deep tank of cow manure and food waste slurry, is really an anaerobic digester. Inside, natural microorganisms from the cow’s digestive tract grow in waste heated to 100 degrees, or about the same temperature as the inside of a cow. The microbes make carbon dioxide and methane, gases that can be heard bubbling away beneath the crusty […]
December 21, 2018

Cow Power

Time is running out to take advantage of local, sustainable Cow Power. Save your town money while supporting dairy farmers. Save money by partnering with Western Massachusetts dairy farms. We supply towns and schools with low cost green power and support local agriculture. It’s called Hampshire Cow Power. Hampshire Cow Power is a program of HCG’s Hampshire Renewables, where participating municipal buildings receive a 15% discount on net metering credits […]
November 16, 2018

Thompson Farm Gets $244k REAP Grant For Digester

A $244,000 USDA Rural Energy for America Program grant has been awarded to Fort Hill Farm AG-Grid LLC. The announcement followed a visit to Fort Hill Farms by US Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Oct. 30. The grant will be used for the purchase and installation of a 450kW anaerobic digester. The 850,000 gallon digester will process manure and food waste into biofuel to be converted into electricity. The project is […]
May 18, 2018

Rockwood Ag-Grid’s anaerobic digester is receiving food waste now!

March 20, 2018

Cow Power: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Ag-Grid Energy

Ag-Grid Energy has a vision to convert agricultural and organic waste into renewable energy, compost and support local area practices that lead us towards a sustainable environment. The company intends to finance, build, own (jointly), operate the waste to energy conversion facilities in US, and has four projects underway in New England. Ag -Grid Energy CEO Rashi Akki gave this illuminating overview of the company;s promise and progress at ABLC […]
February 9, 2018

Ag-Grid Energy was granted the Recycle Grant to add facilities at Granville, MA

BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration today awarded nearly $1 million in grants to six companies under the Commonwealth’s Recycling Business Development Grant (RBDG) program, which will enable the companies to better process and manage food material, wood, and bulky plastics. The grant program, administered by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), will expand the recycling operations and increase the amount and quality of recycling now occurring at Ag-Grid Energy, LLC; […]
January 12, 2018

Eight Projects Proposed in Round 4 of the Connecticut Microgrid Grant Program

The application window for Round 4 of the pioneering Connecticut microgrid grant program closed with the onset of the new year. Eight entities filed applications for funding to develop community microgrids with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), which is managing and administering the program. Originally created in 2012 upon passage of Public Act 12-148, Connecticut’s microgrid program was the first of its kind in the nation.  Sponsored […]
October 31, 2017

Dalton ponders ‘cow power’ for town electrical needs

DALTON — The town is embracing wind energy, but officials plan to chew a bit more on “cow power.” The Select Board heard a pitch Monday from Hampshire Power to buy electricity produced from cow manure and compost. Doing so would support green energy and yield credits to reduce its electric bill. The five-member board decided to hold off on a decision until its next meeting. But the town is […]
October 31, 2017

Sustainability Is Key To Fort Hill Farms Future

Farming is in Kies Orr’s blood. The 24-year-old is the third generation to work at Fort Hill Farms, in Thompson. The dairy farm was started by her grandfather, Ernie O’Leary, 70 years ago. Now, Fort Hill Farms is riding a wave of technological breakthroughs that promises increased dairy production, more comfort for the cows, and sustainability well into the future. With a degree in agricultural business and dairy management from […]
October 20, 2017

Rockwood Ag-Grid receives Air Permit to build Anaerobic Digester in Granville MA

Digester will produce enough renewable energy to light up 320 US homes and divert 20,000 tons of organic waste from landfills Oct 18, 2017 Granville, MA– Rockwood Ag-Grid LLC is pleased to announce that the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (Mass DEP) has granted a plan approval to the anaerobic gas digestion system, an associated engine, and an enclosed flare (the “Plant”) at Rockwood Farm located at 355 Granby Road […]
August 25, 2017

Moo! Cows Targeted in Global Warming Battle

GALT, Calif. (AP) — California is taking its fight against global warming to the farm. The nation’s leading agricultural state is now targeting greenhouse gases produced by dairy cows and other livestock. Despite strong opposition from farmers, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation in September that for the first time regulates heat-trapping gases from livestock operations and landfills. Cattle and other farm animals are major sources of methane, a greenhouse gas […]
August 25, 2017

World’s “Most Sophisticated” Food Waste Digester Will Make CNG Vehicles Honest

There was great excitement in the greater New York City metro region last week, when New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that construction will start on the area’s first ever large scale anaerobic food waste digester system. Located in the hamlet of Yaphank, which happens to be the geographical center of Long Island, the new facility is expected to handle about 160,000 tons of waste annually, including solid food waste, […]


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