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$21M to Help Dairy Farms Convert Waste to Energy

New York has made available $21 million to help the state’s dairy farmers convert farm waste to energy.

The bulk of the funding — $20 million — is available through NYSERDA to install anaerobic digester technology that produces renewable biogas used to produce electricity and heat from organic wastes. Farms, food processing manufacturers or municipal wastewater sites would be eligible for up to $2 million per project.

The remaining $1 million is for the Dairy Acceleration Program (DAP). Payments under DAP may include: up to $5,000 per farm to write a business plan or develop a combination of a business and facility growth plan; and up to $4,500 to update an existing comprehensive nutrient management plan (CNMP) or $6,000 to develop a new one.

Additional funds also will be available to design farm practices described in CNMPs. CNMPs are a conservation system for animal feeding operations designed to address soil erosion and water quality concerns. The CNMP encompasses the storage and handling of manure as well as using and applying manure nutrients on farmland.

The global waste to energy market earned revenues of $17.98 billion in 2012 and will rocket up to $28.57 billion in 2016, according to analysis published last week by Frost & Sullivan.


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