NYSERDA offers $16M in funding for anaerobic digestion projects

By Erin Voegele | December 10, 2018

On Dec. 4, the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority announced it is making $19 million available to accelerate the use of clean energy technologies on farms. Most of that funding will support anaerobic digestion projects.

According to NYSERDA, $16 million will be offered to accelerate the anaerobic digester sector. Of that $16 million, nearly half is for proposals to install new anaerobic digester systems in ways that demonstrate replicable business models or strategies to expand the anaerobic digester marketplace. To qualify, these proposals must describe how their projects will improve the marketplace for anaerobic digestion technology. The remaining funds will be used to cost-share the refurbishment of existing digesters and associated equipment to extend their useful lifespans, as well as for projects that will improve the capabilities of the anaerobic digestion marketplace.

The remaining $3 million is being offered for the Advancing Agriculture Energy Technologies initiative to accelerate commercially available technologies and practices to make a farm operation more energy efficient. Eligible technologies and practices include hardware, software, and operational strategies.

According to NYSERDA, the use of clean energy technologies and practices represent major cost saving opportunities for farms and support New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s goals to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40 percent by 2030.

The $19 million in funding is being made available through the state’s 10-year, $53 billion Clean Energy Fund. Applications are due March 7. Additional information is available on the NYSERDA website.