Massachusetts's first biogas power plant to come online

By Anna Austin | May 26, 2011

The Jordan Dairy Farm in Rutland, Mass., will soon host the state’s first operating biogas power facility.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on May 31 for the manure and food waste-to-energy plant, construction of which began in October of last year. Among those attending will be Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, local farmers involved and other project partners.

The plant will allow dairy farmers to better manage their cow manure by utilizing it, as well as food scraps, to produce heat and electricity (2,280 megawatt hours) for farm operations and for sale to the utility grid. It is part of the AGreen Energy LLC venture, a plan to install five anaerobic digestion plants on small dairy farms (250 to 400 animals) in the commonwealth. 

The AGE projects are being designed, built and monitored by Ohio-based quasar energy group; Casella Waste Systems will operate the digesters and provide liquid source separation organics through its wholly owned company New England Organics.

The AGE venture requires about a $3 million capital investment per farm. Each anaerobic digester will employ a complete-mix process with a modular design, and the systems will be entirely computer controlled, allowing for remote monitoring and control. 

To register to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 31, click here