Northwind Farms joins growing list of solar-powered farms

Northwind Farm in Tivoli does a lot of things naturally.

It raises all natural poultry, turkey, duck, rabbit, guinea hen, quail goat and pasture raised pork and beef. Now it is gathering sunshine.

The farm, owned by Richard Biezynski, is the latest to add a photovoltaic array. The project, announced publicly today, features 150 panels that will gather about 26 kilowatts of power, more than enough to run the farm.

“This is just another step in my evolution as a farmer,” Biezynski, 63, said.

The project cost $182,000. Federal and state rebates and grants will reduce the out of pocket cost to $47,000. The panels were purchased from Rhinebeck-based Hudson Solar.

Earlier this year, Biezynski closed on a deal to sell the development rights on his farm to a public-private coalition that included Scenic Hudson, the Dutchess Land Conservancy and the Town of Red Hook.

Some of the proceeds from that sale were turned around to pay for the panels.

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“This is a beautiful marriage and wonderful example of the kind of partnerships necessary to preserve farming,” Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro said.

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