Biogas Heats Up Green Innovation in Ontario
McGuinty Government Supports Development of Renewable Energy
Ontario producers are responding very positively to the Ontario Biogas Financial Assistance Program, with 46 feasibility projects approved in the past year, as well as the construction of 12 biogas projects.
Mark Donnan of Donnandale Farms near Stirling was one of the first applicants to the program. His project will use organic materials produced on and off the farm and is scheduled to be completed in September 2009.
The Biogas Financial Assistance Program helps farmers and rural businesses study feasibility of installing biogas systems. It will also cover part of construction and implementation costs. Applicants can receive up to $400,000.
Biogas is the result of turning organic waste such as manure, crop residues and food processing waste into fuel. Like natural gas, it can be used as a fuel in electrical generators, engines, boilers and burners.
- The Ontario government committed $11.2 million in funding for the Biogas Financial Assistance Program, demonstrating its ongoing commitment to growing the green energy sector
- The Donnan's anaerobic digester, once fully functional, is expected to generate about 500 kilowatts of power, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That's enough energy to supply roughly 400 households.
- Not only does anaerobic digestion produce energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it also treats manure and other organic materials to make them more environmentally friendly.
“Innovative new technologies like biogas enable farmers to strengthen their bottom line and help the environment. Using biogas to generate heat and electricity on the farm is a prime example of possibilities that can be realized when we support innovation.”