George Washington was in office when the Lewis family began farming their property in North Stonington, Connecticut. Fast-forward and Beriah Farms has taken a significant step towards taking the farm into the future by partnering with Kingspan Energy to install a 115 kilowatt solar energy system. The system’s 385 solar panels will supply 85 percent of the farm’s electricity needs, deliver fixed-cost energy for the next 20 years, and offset 63 tons of carbon dioxide per year - equivalent to driving 155,000 miles.
For the family, the installation is about remembering their past, but planning for the future. “Seven generations of our family have earned their living from this farm,” says Ledyard Lewis, the farm’s current owner. “But just because we’ve been here a while doesn’t mean we’re stuck in the past. Solar is a win-win situation, both in terms of the environment and the financials,” he continued. “With more and more businesses going solar, we figured it was time to do so as well.”
Kingspan Energy’s president Ralph Mannion agrees. “Beriah Farms has been an active part of the local economy since the foundation of the country. We are incredibly pleased to be able to support a business with that unique history as it thinks about the next generation.”
Mannion also highlights the value solar energy provides for farms and other businesses stating, “Solar energy ensures that the farm’s energy costs will be fixed through the coming decades, which is extremely valuable to businesses of all types that are looking at their long-term plans.”
For both Beriah and Kingspan, good business sense makes good environmental sense as well. “There is something special about linking clean energy produced from solar to businesses that are stewards of the land like Beriah,” says Lewis. “They just fit together.”