Opportunities for Building a Farm-based Anaerobic Digester System in Ontario

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Considerations and Opportunities for Building a Farm-Based Anaerobic Digester System in Ontario Don Hilborn, Engineer, By-Products & Jake DeBruyn, Engineer, New Technology Integration
Anaerobic digester (AD) systems produce electricity and heat from the biogas produced from organic inputs. Farm-based AD systems represent a significant opportunity for farmers to capture new value from agricultural product and byproducts, and from some off-farm organic inputs. As farm-based green energy becomes a new on-farm product, more and more farmers will be looking at ways to finance and build AD systems.

This InfoSheet presents some key opportunities and issues currently identified by the authors. It is based on the
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Interested agricultural and agri-food operations may apply for funding to conduct feasibility and design work for biogas systems, for 70 per cent of eligible costs up to a maximum of $35,000. There is also funding available for 40 per cent of eligible costs of construction of the biogas system. The maximum total feasibility and construction cost funding is up to $400,000 for each biogas system. Funding is on a first-come, first-served basis for qualifying projects.

More detailed information is available on the program website at www.ontario.ca/biogas as of September 2007. This information can also be obtained from OMAFRA’s Agriculture Information Contact Centre, 1-877-424-1300, or by e-mail: ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca.

Environmental Farm Plan
The Canada-Ontario Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) has environmental cost-share opportunities for Ontario farmers. Manure treatment systems, including anaerobic digesters, may be eligible for a cost share of 30 per cent up to $30,000. This program may last up to March 31, 2008. There are a number of eligibility criteria, including the need for an up-to-date Environmental Farm Plan that is deemed appropriate.

For more details contact:
Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association, 1-800-265-9751, www.ontariosoilcrop.org

Northern Ontario Heritage Fund, Northern Energy Program
The Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines’ Northern Energy Program supports:

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