Ridge Line Maple Works of Jeffersonville received a $20,000 Rural Energy for America Program grant to integrate a reverse osmosis system into its sugaring operation.

The investment will save the company an estimated $17,000 annually — roughly 83 percent of its energy costs.

“For Vermont farmers and producers, energy efficiencies and renewable energy systems are essential for staying competitive and productive,” said USDA Rural Development Vermont Director Anthony Linardos.

Ridgeline Maple Works began operation in 2014 with 1,600 taps. With the recent acquisition of new land, the company expanded to 7,600 taps, enough to produce an estimated 3,500 gallons of maple syrup, which it distributes to a wholesale buyer. The reverse osmosis machine will take harvested maple sap from two percent sugar concentration up to 20 percent, significantly cutting energy costs and employee time.

Reliable news and information is vitally important. Local advertising has been affected by the COVID-19 crisis but the Vermont Community Newspaper Group remains committed to its responsibility to serve its communities. Your communities. With some assistance from loyal readers, community organizations, foundations and other funders, we hope to keep reporters on the job keeping you informed. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our local journalism fund. Thank you for your support.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexual language.
Don't threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be proactive. Use the "Report" link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.