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Biomass Greenhouse Heating Program

http://blog.uvm.edu/cwcallah/greenhousebiomass/

Efficiency Vermont, in partnership with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture and University of Vermont Extension Agricultural Engineering Program, are launching a targeted program that supports the installation of between five and ten automatic-feed, biomass heating systems for greenhouses, significantly reducing propane consumption.

Eligible farms must be located in the former electric service territory of Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS). A map of towns in that territory can be found here. If you have questions about whether the greenhouse is in legacy CVPS service territory, based on the address, please call Efficiency Vermont at 888-921-5990.

Farms will be chosen for the program using the answers on the application form, based on the following criteria:

  • Proven record as successful greenhouse operator;
  • Existing propane-heated greenhouses with overall heating efficiency of 85% at most;
  • Equipment owner willing to pay at least half the cost of the equipment;
  • Equipment operator able and willing to actively participate in collecting baseline and post-installation energy and equipment data;
  • Greenhouse operator willing to consider additional energy-saving opportunities.

For more information, see the UVM Ag Extension Engineering Blog.