Farmers produce all kinds of goods in order to make money, and now they may be able to add renewable energy to that list.
A new machine called the digester — which look like a giant silo — is able to take waste such as manure and discarded crop material and turn it into energy. The digester turns the waste into biogas, which is then fed into a nearby generator to produce electricity. This electricity is then fed back into the grid, earning the farmer a tidy profit. Up to $20,000 a month, in fact.
And not only does the digester provide additional revenue and a renewable source of energy, it also utilizes materials that would otherwise go to waste. The project is being funded by New Englad Organics, who expect it to cost around $2.5 million before all is said and done.