Vanguard Renewables and VGS win award for Goodrich Farm Anaerobic Digester project in Salisbury

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SALISBURY — Vanguard Renewables and Vermont Gas received the 2019 American Biogas Council Up-and-Coming Biogas Project award for the Goodrich Farm Anaerobic Digester project in Salisbury.

The project is a unique partnership between Vanguard Renewables, VGS, Middlebury College and the Goodrich Family.

It is expected to generate biogas from manure and food waste and convert it to pipeline quality gas for use by Middlebury College and VGS’s customers.

The project is the first to sell renewable gas to end customers.

Construction on the Farm Powered anaerobic digester will be completed in 2020.

“Even though this project just began construction, it is already groundbreaking in many ways,” said Patrick Serfass, American Biogas Council Executive Director.

RNG produced there will travel by pipeline to Middlebury College’s main power plant and will supply about half of the energy that Middlebury uses for heating and cooling.

Massachusetts based Vanguard Renewables will build, own, and operate the digester, which will process 100 tons of manure and 180 tons of organic food waste daily into RNG.

The Goodrich Farm digester is expected to produce 180,000 Mcf per year.

Located on more than 2,400 acres, the Goodrich Family Farm is a generational dairy farm with 900 milking cows.

It is a member of the Agri-Mark Cabot Creamery Cooperative.

“Our family is excited to see this project transition from a dream into a reality,” said Chase Goodrich, who is among the fourth generation of his family to operate their farm.