Client Spotlight: Mycoterra Farm

June 11, 2019

“Growing mushrooms year-round in Massachusetts requires considerable environmental modification. Many aspects of mushroom farming can be energy intensive,” says Julia Coffey, owner of Mycoterra Farm. “PV Squared was an amazing and helpful team from the beginning of the process.  They provided the information and estimates required for submitting our grant application.  Once we received our awards, the entire process was seamless and straightforward.  We particularly enjoyed hosting the installation crew on the farm; they communicated throughout the process and were a fast and efficient team.  We are thrilled to bring our project online to begin reducing the energy costs of producing our organic mushroom crops.  We plan to add the system in the future with the eventual goal of solar generation to cover 100% of our energy needs. Thank you MDAR, USDA, and PV Squared!”

Mycoterra Farm was founded by Julia Coffey in the woodlands of Westhampton in 2011.  A passion for growing food led to Coffey growing a business of her own, and her newfound mushroom farm became an excellent complement to the Pioneer Valley’s robust local agricultural economy. When Mycoterra Farm moved to a new location in South Deerfield, the costs of operating and maintaining the greenhouse and barn increased, and they started exploring solar to power their facility. They contracted PV Squared Solar to design and install a solar system on their barn.

“We had a great experience working on this solar project with Mycoterra Farm,” says Josh Hilsdon, Commercial Design & Sales Consultant at PV Squared Solar. “Julia demonstrated an admirable commitment to bringing solar to her operation, and will reap the rewards of making clean energy from the sun in the decades to come.”

PV Squared Solar installed a 20 kW solar array for Mycoterra Farm. This system will offset approximately 30% of Mycoterra Farm’s annual electricity usage, in addition to helping the environment.

As an agricultural business in a rural community, Mycoterra was eligible for grants from both the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR). These two grants, paired with state and federal solar incentive programs, further offset their cost of going solar. “Mycoterra Farm is one of more than a dozen local businesses we’ve worked with to secure these grants, and it’s always rewarding to watch solar projects come together with this additional financial support,” says Hilsdon.

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