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CDFA-funded dairy digester project by Calgren Dairy Fuels wins industry award

Calgren’s cow manure-to-ethanol plant in Pixley.

Funded by California Climate Investments, CDFA’s Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP) provides financial assistance for the installation of dairy digesters in California, resulting in reduced greenhouse gas emissions. To date, CDFA has awarded $8.2 million to six DDRDP projects supported by Calgren Dairy Fuels. 

BBI International and Biomass Magazine named its annual industry award winners at the 11th International Biomass Conference & Expo underway in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Groundbreaker of the Year Award is designed to recognize people, companies or organizations that have helped demonstrate and advance the bioenergy industry by breaking ground, and making meaningful headway on, a commercial-scale biomass-to-energy project.

This year’s winner, Calgren Dairy Fuels, has a 14-dairy farm digester-to-renewable natural gas project underway in California. Via underground piping, it will send RNG to site of its existing 55MMgy ethanol plant in Pixley, California, also the site of a 5 MMgy biodiesel facility, 11 MW of biogas-based electricity production, and a carbon capture and liquefaction operation.

Accepting the award on behalf of Calgren Dairy Fuels was President Lyle Schlyer.

The Excellence in Bioenergy award recognizes dynamic leaders in industry, academia and public policy that are fundamental to the growth of the bioenergy industry, demonstrating the drive and effort to help clear financial, technological or political hurdles that stymie expansion of the bioenergy industry.

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