Family farm planning to celebrate new manure digester
April 10, 2008, Mount Joy, Pa. –
Brubaker Farms’ family dairy is planning a dedication ceremony April
16, 2008 to celebrate the completion of a new anaerobic digester and
April 10, 2008, Mount Joy, Pa. – Brubaker Farms’ family dairy is planning a dedication ceremony April 16, 2008 to celebrate the completion of a new anaerobic digester and generator system.
The day's events will include tours of farm facilities, which illustrate the collaboration of resources essential to the renewable energy project's success.
Pennsylvania Senator Mike Brubaker (no relation) plus representatives from the PA Department of Agriculture and Environmental Defense will also be present.
The project was financed using carbon offset funding provided by NativeEnergy and grants from the State of Pennsylvania and U.S. Department of Agriculture.
In 2005, the Brubaker family applied for grants from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help fund their digester project. After receiving some grant funding in 2007, the Brubaker project still faced a considerable financial shortfall. Having learned of the revenue opportunities from Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) and carbon offsets through ongoing discussions with NativeEnergy since 2004, the Brubakers proceeded with project development, and ultimately accepted Native Energy's offer to provide the additional revenues the project needed to be economically viable.
Today, with it's new anaerobic digester, the 1,500 acre family farm is producing enough energy to power and heat most of its operations; reducing the family's reliance on grid-supplied electricity and propane, and the environmental impact of fossil fuel sources.
"We are very proud of our role, directly supporting new renewable energy projects with family farms, tribes, communities, and school systems," says Tom Boucher, president and CEO of NativeEnergy.