Impact investing firm North Sky Capital and development, technology, and operations partner Anaergia Services, are building a renewable natural gas (RNG) facility at a wastewater plant in San Bernadino County, California.
The RNG facility will be built at the Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority (VVWRA) in a public-private partnership which demonstrates a replicable model to meet California’s organic waste recycling mandates and improve wastewater infrastructure resiliency, retrofitting anaerobic digestion (AD) infrastructure to convert organic waste and sludge into pipeline quality RNG.
The project will use Anaergia’s Omnivore high solids AD retrofit to triple capacity and increase redundancy of the existing digester infrastructure.
Sludge and food waste will be digested to generate biogas that will be conditioned and upgraded into pipeline-quality gas using systems designed and supplied by Anaergia’s affiliates. Anaergia will also operate the gas upgrading facility.
VVWRA’s general manager Darron Poulsen said: “VVWRA is committed to protecting public health and the environment in the Victor Valley and this partnership reflects our three core values: collaboration, dedication, and integrity.
“This project provides operational and capacity resiliency for the future of VVWRA by improving our infrastructure with greater operational flexibility and increased digester redundancy and capacity needed for future growth while benefiting the agency economically.”
“This partnership with North Sky boosts our capacity to deliver organics recycling and energy resiliency projects at California wastewater plants,” said Andrew Benedek, Anaergia’s chairman and CEO, “while building a sustainable future for the surrounding communities.”
The project will reduce more than 6,000 tonnes of methane – 1.5 million carbon dioxide tons equivalent – per year, which would otherwise have been released into the atmosphere. The energy generated will be equivalent to displacing more than two million gallons of diesel fuel per year.
Adam Bernstein, managing director at North Sky Capital, commented: “The Victor Valley project is a result of the state of California’s steadfast commitment to clean fuels and the waste diversion requirements set forth in Senate Bill 1383.
“We look forward to our partnership with Anaergia, a market leader with deep experience in this sector, and with the VVWRA to build this sustainable infrastructure project.
“This investment is a good example of the type of impact investments North Sky has completed over the last two decades.”