The billowing black cover of a digester is shown in the foreground at this California dairy.
Proposals should include development, installation and operation of dairy manure digester and co-digester projects.
Source: California Department of Food and Agriculture
The California Department of Food and Agriculture, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and their partner agencies in the California/Federal Dairy Digester Working Group have announced a joint solicitation for dairy digester concept proposals.
The proposal deadline is 5 p.m. on Nov. 1, 2013.
Proposals should include development, installation and operation of dairy manure digester and co-digester projects and may include processes for the treatment and disposal of waste streams from the digester operations to address environmental impacts. Dairy digester and co-digester development is expected to take place on individual dairies or at centralized facilities located within California.
Funding may be provided by various participating agencies of the California/Federal Dairy Digester Working Group for proposals that are deemed most viable with the greatest measurable outcomes.
Individual digester projects will have to qualify for funding on a case-by-case basis and projects can potentially receive financial support from multiple participants. To assist in identifying potential funding sources, the California/Federal Dairy Digester Working Group has put together a Funding Matrix document. The matrix identifies potential funding sources along with general criteria for the types of projects that would qualify for the funding.
A copy of solicitation and the funding matrix can be found here.
For more information on diary digesters, please go here and here.
For information and questions, contact: Richard Loncarovich at Richard.Loncarovich@Waterboards.Ca.Gov or (916) 464-4640.