VIDEO: Firefly Farms Installs Solar Array to Make Artisan Cheese

FireFly Farms, producer of handmade cheeses from Mountain Maryland, announced the completion of a 27.72 kilowatt solar array at its cheese production facility and specialty retail store in Garrett County, Maryland.

“The completion of this important renewable energy project reflects our corporate commitment to sustainability,” remarked FireFly Farms board president, Mike Koch. “We’re thrilled that our cheese making operations are now powered by the Garrett County sunshine. We share our customers’ commitment to the local economy and the sustainable use of our natural resources and agriculture assets.”

The FireFly Farm’s solar project, nearly two years in the making, resulted from an impressive local collaboration: structural roof reinforcements by the Beitzel Corporation, a new metal roof by general contractor Lorne Brenneman, and solar energy engineering, equipment and installation by Tri-State Wind & Solar.

The solar renewable energy installation will initially generate at least one-third of FireFly Farm’s total energy demand. Lighting system retrofits by Maryland’s Eco-Electric are planned for later this autumn. This energy conservation work aims to reduce energy consumption and increase the site’s renewable energy production to nearly half of its energy demands.

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