New York state gets its largest on-farm biogas facility

Synergy Dairy has opened New York’s largest on-farm, co-digestion biogas power project.

The facility at the 2,000-head dairy farm in the Wyoming County town of Covington, N.Y., came on line on May 1 with state and local officials on hand.

CH4 Biogas LLC built, owns and operates the project under the name Synergy Biogas LLC. The plant is New York’s first biogas project specifically designed for the co-digestion, or processing, of animal and food wastes. The biogas created in the 120,000-gallon co-digester is fueling a General Electric (NYSE: GE) biogas engine to generate 1.4 megawatts of renewable electricity.

By anaerobically digesting waste from local food processors in addition to the dairy’s cow manure, the 425 ton per day, mixed-waste facility is more cost-effective. The facility has created about six jobs while enhancing the efficiency of the 30-employee farm’s operations and sustaining area food manufacturers and haulers.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has provided $1 million in incentives for the facility.

The project is expected to reduce the dairy farm’s baseload greenhouse gas emissions by about 8,500 tons of carbon dioxide annually, which is equivalent to the emissions of 1,700 automobiles.

Read more in Buffalo Business First.

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