Stark Mountain Woodworking is committed to sustainability. In support of this ideal, Skimmer and his wife Jill have installed a 54KW solar array on their organic vegetable farm, located nine miles from the workshop. The six solar panels are mounted on trackers that automatically follow the sun to maximize solar gain.
A third of the total cost of the installation was subsidized by Federal and State grants. The electricity generated is sold to Green Mountain Power, a local utility. On an annual basis, these solar panels pay for 85% of the electricity used at the workshop. This is a savings of approximately $1000 each month. The installation will have paid for itself in six to seven years and the panels are expected to last for twenty-five years.