Canada helping turn waste to energy

Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
April 15, 2009
By Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
April 15, 2009, Carleton Place, Ont. – The Canadian government recently announced it is investing in a manufacturing facility that will help farmers turn waste into energy.

The Canadian government is contributing up to $480,500 in repayable funding to Powerbase Energy Systems Inc. This investment will help the company create a new manufacturing facility to produce power-generating units that process waste into energy. The facility, located in Carleton Place, will create 10 direct and 15 indirect jobs and is expected to generate approximately $35.5 million in annual company revenue by 2013.
These renewable energy generation units will provide farmers with additional farming income through the sale of surplus power to the Ontario power grid and will reduce or eliminate their own electricity costs. In addition to energy savings, the benefits include the reduction of pathogens in the environment, manure odours, and greenhouse gases, as well as simplifying manure handling.
“We are very pleased to have the financial support of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada for the rollout of our Synergy Biogas product line,” said Rob Morley, president of Powerbase Energy Systems Inc. “We are creating jobs locally and economic opportunities for farmers with renewable energy technology.”
“The biggest direct benefit to me will be the earned income from electrical sales,” says Doug Cleary, a local farmer planning to install a Synergy Biopower System that will process manure and restaurant waste. “Our neighbours will appreciate it and so will the restaurant industry as it will prevent both of these kinds of waste from damaging the environment.”

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