SALISBURY — Chase and Danielle Goodrich, operators of a 900 milking cow dairy in southern Addison County, had a decades long dream come true on Tuesday when construction began on a plant that will turn manure into natural gas.
Middlebury College reached out to the Goodrich family a decade ago about building an anaerobic digester to help the school become more energy self-sufficient.
David Provost, executive vice president for finance and administration, said the college plans to use 100% renewable energy by 2028. Methane from the digester will provide 40% of the energy needed to heat Middlebury College’s buildings, Provost said. An on-campus biomass plant will supply the rest.