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Cow Power! Dedication of first dairy digester in CDFA’s Dairy Digester Research and Development Program

CDFA Undersecretary Jim Houston speaking
CDFA Undersecretary Jim Houston speaks at the dedication.

CDFA Undersecretary Jim Houston joined the celebration today in Fresno County for the dedication of a new dairy digester at Open Sky Ranch – the first digester in CDFA’s Dairy Digester Research and Development Program.

The program is one of several at CDFA supported by the state’s greenhouse gas reduction fund, which is made possible by cap-and-trade funding.

The machine digester
The digester at Open Sky Ranch

CDFA contributed $973,430 to this digester project, with Open Sky Ranch arranging for the remainder of the $1,946,864 total. The digester is an example of “cow power,” using methane from waste to produce approximately 800 kilowatts of renewable electricity annually, enough to power more than 600 homes.

some cows
Cow power

Additional digester projects are in various stages of development in California. For more information on those as well as the Dairy Digester Program please visit this link.

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