VT Hard Cider solar orchard part of company sustainability mission

"Sustainability efforts like these are at the core of our mission," says Bret Williams, Vermont Hard Cider president and CEO. "To be able to tap into local renewable energy is good for our business, the local economy and the planet.

The makers of Woodchuck Hard Cider decided to harvest the sun in addition to apples. Vermont Hard Cider Company installed a new solar project that will produce approximately 210,000 kWh of electricity per year for the company. That's enough energy to cover an estimated 10% to 15% of the company's current electric demand. The solar orchard covers 1.5 acres and uses 26 pole-mounted dual-axis allSun Trackers. The devices use GPS and wireless technology to follow the sun throughout the day to soak up maximum solar power. They are produced in-state in nearby Williston, Vt., by AllEarth Renewables. 

Read the full article on agweb.com here.