Dairy farmland in Addison County, future site of PlanET anaerobic digester. Green Mountains in distance.

In May three Vermont farms chose our client’s new 75 kW anaerobic digester, and they did this during a lengthy milk price crisis. Why? Because PlanET’s newest model is inexpensive and provides new revenue streams for farms as small as 300 cows. The farms are in Addison, Franklin and Caledonia Counties.

If all proceeds as intended, much needed income will soon appear in the form of electricity sales/offsets, free bedding that maintains cow comfort, useful heat, and improved liquid fertilizer (just 5% total solids). The excess bedding can also be sold to neighboring farms or as soil amendment to plant nurseries.

The smaller size is important because it means that farms throughout America can now benefit financially from a digester – even if they can’t profitably sell the electricity to the local utility. How is this possible? By taking the farm off grid and allowing the new digester to provide the farm’s energy. Something that typically costs $75,000 or more annually.

Heifers being well taken care of on Grande Isle (Vermont) farm.