Connecticut Green Bank and Running Brook Farms of Killingworth announced completion of Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing to install a rooftop photovoltaic system at Running Brook Farms. The garden center and landscaping company has been based in Killingworth for more than 50 years. In addition to a nursery and greenhouses, Running Brook Farms offers a full range of landscaping services from design to construction. In 2019, Running Brook Farms was one of the first Connecticut farms to grow hemp for the production of medicinal CBD oil.
“We chose to invest in solar technology because it is right for our business and for the environment. We see it as our responsibility to introduce more sustainable agricultural practices. Especially given the high energy demands associated with indoor cannabis production, solar technology should be part of every grower’s sustainability plan! ”Said Scott Papoosha, owner of Running Brook Farms.
The 47.52 kW solar array was installed by Waldo Renewable Electric of Old Lyme, a solar company that is using the C-PACE program for the first time.
Brook Farms’ operations secured a Rural Energy for America (REAP) grant that covered 25% of the total project costs, with the remainder being funded by C-PACE. Connecticut Resource Conservation & Development’s CT Farm Energy Program (CFEP) provided running Brook Farms with personal assistance in applying for the REAP grant. Since 2010, CFEP has supported over $ 24 million in energy projects in the state, equivalent to nearly $ 5 million in REAP grants.
“It is more important than ever to make farms resilient. Not only are farms stewards of the land, they also provide our food, ”said Amanda Fargo-Johnson, director of the CT Farm Energy Program (CFEP). “Support from CFEP can help a farm create a sustainable plan for its energy needs, be it through energy efficiency improvements or generating its own renewable energy. For some farms it is a project, for others it can be multiple projects in phases to help them achieve energy resilience. “
This project is also considered to be the one that recently won Connecticut’s C-PACE program for clean energy (Cerper Property Assessed Clean Energy) (C-PACE) over the $ 200 million.
“I am delighted that Running Brook Farms can drive this solar project forward and that you have helped the program reach this milestone. Connecticut’s C-PACE program is the most successful per capita deployment compared to other government programs, ”said Mackey Dykes, VP, Funding Programs, Green Bank. “Achieving this requires a strong network of contractors, lenders and building owners who work together to reduce emissions at the building level.”
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