French Creek Bioenergy recieves $1million grant for anaerobic digester

  Last Updated: Thursday 9th of December 2010 11:28:00 PM +0800HKT

The city of North Ridgeville is getting $1 million from the government for an energy conservation project.

French Creek BioEnergy LLC will receive $1 million to own and operate an anaerobic digester for North Ridgeville’s French Creek Waste Water Treatment Plant in Sheffield Village.

The treatment plant will supply biosolids, along with a waste hauler, to generate about 5.5 million kilowatts of electricity and 13,850 MMBtu of thermal heat annually.

The award was announced today by Ohio Department of Development Director Lisa Patt-McDaniel as part of 11 Ohio projects receiving $10 million in grant awards funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s State Energy Program. The funds will be used to convert feedstocks, such as municipal solid wastes, food and farm wastes, or other biomass or waste materials, to electricity, heat, fuel, and/or other bio-products.

"These funds give businesses the ability to literally convert waste into economic value," Patt-McDaniel said. "This program does more than offer businesses an opportunity to grow and prosper: It accelerates Ohio’s position as an advanced energy leader by enhancing energy efficiency."

Proposals for the Transforming Waste to Value program were accepted beginning June 25. Projects submitted were selected through a competitive review process based on several criteria, including: a match investment of a minimum of 25 percent of total costs, project completion within 12 months, and direct economic impact to Ohio by creating and retaining jobs.

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