National Grid Invests $25,000 for Solar System Array at Pine Villa Farm

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CATTARAUGUS, NY – National Grid has provided Pine Villa Farm with a $25,000 grant as part of the company’s agribusiness productivity program that assists farms in reducing operational costs. This is the final $25,000 economic development award to Pine Villa for a total investment by National Grid of $75,000 to the farm since 2013.

The grant will aid in Pine Villa Farm’s expansion with the construction of a solar system extension at its location on Otto Rd. in Cattaraugus. Pine Villa Farm is a 300 acre dairy farm and is family owned and operated by Tom and Robin Degenfelder.

In order to mitigate the farm’s operational costs, the Degenfelders are having a 29kW solar system installed which will include four PV solar panel systems.

Pine Villa Farm is also receiving a grant from NYSERDA’s NY Sun-Solar Electric Incentive Program.  The total cost of the project is approximately $65,000.

The solar system will be installed by Rural Generation and Wind Inc., a family owned and operated business in Hastings, NY which installs wind turbines and solar systems of all sizes.

National Grid’s agribusiness productivity program provides rebates to fund energy efficiency, renewable energy delivery and/or productivity improvements undertaken by dairy businesses, dairy farms and controlled environment agricultural facilities located within the service territory of National Grid New York. Information about National Grid’s suite of economic programs is available at


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