California Bioenergy (CalBio) and technology partner MT-Energie have developed a new advanced dairy digester facility at New Hope Dairy in Galt, California. Manure from the 1200 cow operation will produce approximately 450 KW of electricity for both on-farm use and interconnection to the SMUD (Sacramento Municipal Utility District) grid. German firm MT-Energie built the New Hope facility with technology developed and long used in Europe.
SMUD board President Bill Slaton stated that anaerobic digester biogas has become a vital part of the utility’s energy portfolio. About 27 percent of SMUD’s total energy supply comes from renewable sources. “It’s a hedge against costly peak-hour power,” Slaton said. The New Hope generator produces energy that SMUD will use during the peak hours of 4 to 7 p.m.
“This should be the first of 100 projects. We’re the No. 1 dairy state in the country. We should be the No. 1 dairy digesting state,” said Julia Levin, Executive Director of the Bioenergy Association of California.