New England Farmers Plan to Harvest Energy

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.


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