Stout Oak Farm – Brentwood, New Hampshire
40 solar panels on the roof of a converted dairy barn produce clean local electricity to power Stout Oak Organic Farm. While sunlight nourishes their 5 acres of crops, their 12.6 kilowatt grid-tied solar electric system powers the farm’s energy needs for irrigation, refrigeration, and lighting.
Each year, the system will generate roughly 15,100 kilowatt-hours of electricity, offsetting the equivalent of driving over 27,543 miles in a gas powered vehicle, and complementing their mission of sustainability. Kate and Jeff Donald have owned the farm in Kensington since 2012. Kate says, “We were 100% committed to the idea of solar, before we ever bought our own farm. Renewable energy fits in perfectly with our values as organic farmers.”
Stout Oak Farm also co-owns a food distribution business called Three River Farmers Alliance, through which they deliver their organic produce to restaurants stores and hospitals. Their veggies are also for sale at their farm store, through their CSA, and at local farmers’ markets.