In California, Brightmark, is upgrading six Buffalo-area anaerobic digesters from electric to renewable natural gas output, in expanding its Western New York dairy biogas project to partner with six total farms throughout the region. Including two new farms, the Yellowjacket project will extract methane from 265,000 gallons of dairy manure per day and convert it into renewable natural gas (RNG) and other useful products.
Farms participating in the Yellowjacket renewable natural gas project include:
•Boxler Dairy Farm – Varysburg, Wyoming County
•Lamb Lakeshore Dairy – Wilson, Niagara County
•Lamb Farms – Oakfield, Genesee County
•Lawnhurst – Stanley, Ontario County
•Swiss Valley Farms – Warsaw, Wyoming County
•Zuber Farms – Byron, Genesee County
After the planned installation of gas upgrade equipment across all of the farms is complete in early 2021, the project is anticipated to produce about 305,000 MMBtu of renewable natural gas each year, making this Brightmark’s largest RNG project to date. The company has partnered on biogas projects with 17 dairy farms in five states over the past two years. Once all of these projects are operational, Brightmark’s RNG projects will generate enough renewable natural gas to drive an average passenger car 7,747,000 miles.