HOW SWEET IT IS! BASCOM MAPLE GOES SOLAR.
On April 6, 2023 Norwich Solar made the final grid interconnection to over 1,200 solar panels on the rooftops of Bascom Maple Farms in Acworth, NH. The 500 kW AC system is expected to generate over 760,000 kWh annually, or roughly enough energy to provide 105 homes with electricity per year. By adding clean energy to the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative grid, the system offsets 541 metric tons of CO2, or the equivalent of taking 116 cars off the road.
Bascom Maple is one of the largest maple producers in New England. Most known for their Coombs Family Farm brand of pure maple syrup, the company makes about 47,000 gallons of maple syrup each year, distributes products to every continent (except Antarctica) and their maple syrup can be found in more than 100 products around the world. Since the mid-1800’s the Bascom family has been acting as responsible stewards of the forest, following a sustainable approach to agriculture.
Arnold Coombs, Head of Maple Syrup Marketing for Bascom, comments that, “Adding solar fits with the company’s energy efficiency and sustainability goals. Bascom Maple is a family business, now getting into the 9th generation, and it’s looking forward to future generations.”
Bruce Bascom adds, “Maple syrup is a very energy intensive process and we have the additional energy demand of storing 13 million pounds of syrup in coolers. With increasing energy costs, it’s clear that adding solar power to our operation will save us money in the long run.”
Bascom Maple will receive all of the net metering benefits from this project helping to stabilize their energy costs. Their investment in the solar project is partially offset through a variety of federal tax credits and NH state incentives, and will result in increased ROI for the business operations.
Norwich Solar’s Project Manager, Mike Pepe noted, ”The Bascoms have been very engaged and helpful through the process; a great example of a collaborative project. I was happy to have the opportunity to participate in a SugarHouse tour for local college students and spent a few minutes describing the project to the students as part of their tour.”
Bascom Maple Farms is one of the largest producers of pure maple syrup in New England. They are a major supplier of maple products to packers, distributors, manufactures, retailers, and others in the food business. The Bascom farm is located on 2,200 acres high in the hills of New Hampshire near the Connecticut River. The Bascom family has been producing maple syrup since 1853. A long tradition of sustainable farming has been a way of life for the Bascoms for generations, but they’re just as focused on bringing maple farming into the future by increasing efficiency, reducing their carbon footprint, and doing all that they can to make sure that small family farms – and the small town economies that depend on them – thrive.