Brightmark has broken ground on the Sobek Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) project, which includes the construction of new anaerobic digesters at two dairy farms in Okeechobee County, Florida.
The digesters will be built on two Larson family dairy farms in the county. On completion of the project, the digesters are anticipated to generate around 171,000 MMBtu of RNG annually. The gas will be delivered into the TECO People Gas pipeline system.
Brightmark developed the project and now, through its joint venture with Chevron USA will own and operate it once construction is complete in 2021. When fully operational, the benefits of the Sobek RNG project include offsetting 57,400 tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions each year and generating 469 MMBtu of renewable gas per day.
“We are thrilled to partner with Larson Dairy Farms and JM Larson Farms to build and operate carbon-negative RNG projects in Florida and deliver environmental and economic benefits to Okeechobee County,” said Bob Powell, founder and CEO of Brightmark.
“These projects advance our mission of reimagining waste into new parts of the county while supporting local communities with innovative solutions that produce clean fuels, reduce GHG emissions, and provide new sources of income to farmers.”
Woody Larson, a participating farmer, said: “Brightmark has been a good partner in the development of this project. We are glad the technology and economics are coming together to support our environmental and sustainability goals.
“Cows are the ultimate recyclers, creating wholesome milk from by-products of the citrus, ethanol, brewing, and textile industries. This technology now also allows us to convert manure to energy and improve the environment.”