Brightmark partners with three NY dairy farms on RNG project

Brightmark has partnered with three New York dairy farms on a new renewable natural gas (RNG) project.

The Helios Project is part of the recently announced joint venture, Brightmark RNG Holdings, between Brightmark and Chevron U.S.A.

Gardeau Crest Farms, in western New York, and Lawnhurst Farms and Willet Dairy, in New York’s Finger Lakes region, have signed supply agreements with Brightmark indicating their intent to provide dairy manure from their herds to serve as feedstock for three existing anaerobic digesters on the farms.

When fully operational in the third quarter of 2021, the digesters will produce up to 500 MMBtu of RNG per day, or 182,500 MMBtu per year between the three dairy farms.

Brightmark has partnered with 23 dairy farms in nine states over the past two years. Once all of the projects are operational, they will generate enough RNG each year to drive 1,600 18-wheeler trucks from San Francisco to New York City.

Bob Powell, founder and CEO of Brightmark, said: “We are excited to partner with Gardeau Crest, Lawnhurst, and Willet to further expand our RNG projects in New York and deliver environmental and economic benefits to their communities.

“Brightmark aims to offset 22 million tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2024 with our RNG projects and these partnerships are critical in helping us achieve our goal.”

According to Brightmark, research shows when all the climate benefits of anaerobic digestion are considered together, RNG from dairy manure can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 400% when it is used to replace traditional vehicle fuels through this net carbon-negative process.

“We are proud to partner with Brightmark to further reduce our environmental impact and to ensure that we continue to be good neighbours to our local community with the odour management benefits our anaerobic digester provides,” said Don Jensen of Lawnhurst Farms.

“This partnership allows us to convert our manure waste into a valuable resource, while also improving odour control and reducing our emissions – a win-win-win for our farm, our community, and the environment.”

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