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VT college breaks ground on anaerobic digester


May 2, 2013, Randolph, VT – Vermont Technical College recently celebrated the groundbreaking for the Central Vermont Recovered Biomass Facility Anaerobic Digester.

The facility will be located on the college’s Randolph Campus and the anaerobic digester will use natural biological processes to produce electricity plus heat from food waste and manure.

“This facility will become a focus for education in renewable energy, waste management, sustainable agriculture, and contribute to the health of our soils here in Vermont and the region,” said Dr. Philip Conroy, president of Vermont Tech. “It will be a source of knowledge for researchers, lawmakers, policy-makers, the resource management industry, and so many more here in Vermont and throughout New England.”

The facility will be constructed near the campus central heating plant, allowing ease of operation in transferring power to Vermont’s electric grid as well as heat to the campus. It will also be co-located with the farm fields on the main campus.

The Central Vermont Recovered Biomass Facility will serve as an educational facility and model for other facilities as the reduced dependence on non-renewable energy sources is a benefit consistent with the state’s energy plan.

“This is where we connect the dots to grow jobs and economic prosperity for Vermont,” said Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin. “Actually helping this country chart a course for a green power future with projects like this; that’s going to ensure that Vermont does its part to have a stronger and healthier planet in the future.”