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Construction on Fortistar, Paloma Dairy RNG project begins

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Fortistar and Paloma Dairy have started construction on a dairy renewable natural gas (RNG) facility.

The Sunoma Renewable Biofuel Project will produce 1.6 million gasoline gallon equivalents of vehicle fuel annually for the Class 8 trucking sector – enough fuel to move 10 million miles of freight.

In addition to its many environmental benefits and cost-saving potential, the project will boost the local economy with 50 construction jobs and six permanent roles in Gila Bend, Arizona. The project continues an ‘aggressive’ renewable fuels growth strategy at Fortistar, designed to help businesses and public agencies reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

TruStar Energy, a Fortistar portfolio company and developer of natural gas fuelling stations, will market and deliver the RNG.

Mark Camora, president of Fortistar, said: “This one project will help provide solutions for two important US industries. We are using our expertise to create new revenue streams for dairies while capturing methane and repurposing it to decarbonise the transportation sector.

“We are excited about partnering with the Van Hofwegen family on the Sunoma Renewable Biofuel Project to create the lowest carbon transportation fuel on the market.”

“The decision was easy,” said Robert Van Hofwegen Senior of Paloma Dairy. “We saw a great environmental and economic opportunity in the management of our manure and emissions.

“The key was finding a partner that could execute and unlock the potential value. We believe we found that partner in Fortistar and we look forward to working with them on this exciting project.”

Montrose Water and Sustainability Services, a division of Montrose Environmental Group, completed design and engineering for the project, as well as equipment procurement. Industrial Services Company will lead the building of the system.

The Sunoma Renewable Biofuels Project is the third of 12 new Fortistar RNG projects totalling nearly $500 million (€422 million) in capital that Fortistar expects to begin over the next year.