Vermont Smoke & Cure adds third solar tracker project to supply energy needs
Vermont Smoke & Cure, maker of delicious smoked meats and meat snacks since 1962, is teaming up again with AllEarth Renewables of Williston, Vt., to source local renewable solar to power the company’s electrical needs. With the addition of a third solar project for the Vermont company, now nearly two-thirds of Vermont Smoke & Cure’s electric demand is being supplied by solar.
A 150-kW orchard in Hinesburg, Vt., 156-kW project in Essex, Vt. and 88-kW in Marshfield, Vt. will produce approximately 610,000-kWh annually of emissions-free solar electricity for the specialty food company, which employs around 70 people. All three projects utilize Vermont-made solar trackers. The RECs produced by the project are retained and not sold.
“We are very proud of our partnership with AllEarth renewables, as it helps us achieve our mission to use local and sustainable resources in our products and our business operations whenever possible,” said Vermont Smoke & Cure CEO, Chris Bailey.
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Many other Vermont businesses have teamed up with AllEarth Renewables to go solar and save money on their electric bills, including Woodchuck Hard Cider, Concept2, Small Dog Electronics, The Alchemist, Jericho Settlers Farm, Stark Mountain Woodworking, American Flatbread, Green Mountain Power, and Morse Farm Sugarworks, among others.
“It’s extremely gratifying to be working with great Vermont businesses like Vermont Smoke & Cure with national and international markets on greening their energy portfolio and helping them save on electric costs,” said David Blittersdorf, president and CEO of AllEarth Renewables. “Adding an additional project to Vermont Smoke & Cure’s solar mix demonstrates how well solar is working to help these companies gain a competitive edge and do right by the local environment.”
AllEarth Renewables is the Vermont manufacturer of the AllEarth Solar Tracker, a dual-axis solar tracker that uses innovative GPS and wireless technology to follow the sun throughout the day, producing up to 45 percent more energy than a rooftop solar. The company has manufactured and installed more than 3,800 solar tracker systems used for residential and commercial installations.
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