Farm Protected by Scenic Hudson Adds Major Solar Panel Installation
On Friday, May 18, Northwind Farms in Tivoli and Hudson Solar of Rhinebeck officially announced the installation of a new photovoltaic array that is projected to gather 20 percent more electricity than the farm uses each year.
Earlier this year, Scenic Hudson partnered with Northwind Farms, the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Dutchess Land Conservancy, and the Town of Red Hook to purchase a conservation easement on the farm’s 87 acres. Proceeds from that purchase directly contributed to the solar installation on the farm.
“Since opening in 1981, I’ve always tried to maintain a natural environment on my farm,” said Richard Biezynski, owner of Northwind Farms. “I’ve been a staunch supporter of healthy feeding and even developed my own organic meal for the animals. I wanted to maintain that green philosophy throughout other initiatives on my farm, so implementing clean solar technology only made sense.”
“Mr. Biezynski is a wonderful role model in the farming community,” said John Wright, vice president of Hudson Solar. “Even businesses like farming that are often viewed as being eco-friendly traditionally have used equipment which still takes a toll on our planet. Installing solar panels helps to keep farms truly green.”
“It is gratifying to see a farm family put the proceeds of sale of a conservation easement to such good use — for the farm’s economic viability, and for its environmental sustainability,” said Seth McKee, Scenic Hudson’s Land Conservation director. “This is a great example of how a purchase-of-development-rights (PDR) project becomes an economic development project. Through a multiplier effect, the cash proceeds have rippled through the local economy, creating and sustaining green jobs with the Hudson Valley’s premier renewable energy company.”