US Govt to Boost Community Renewable Projects

24 January 2010 (Last Updated January 24th, 2010 18:30)

The US Government will fund five community renewable energy projects including biomass, wind and solar installations with a $20.5m grant. The projects will also receive up to $167m from local government and private industry. One of the projects, the Montpelier, will see the in

The US Government will fund five community renewable energy projects including biomass, wind and solar installations with a $20.5m grant.

The projects will also receive up to $167m from local government and private industry.

One of the projects, the Montpelier, will see the installation of a 41 MMBtu combined heat and power district energy system fuelled with locally-sourced renewable and sustainably-harvested wood chips.

The project will provide 1.8 million KWh of power to the grid and maximise its operating efficiency and reduce thermal costs in Vermont, US.

A project in Wisconsin plans to install a 1.25MW biomass combined heat and power facility for heating, cooling and electricity; a biogas digester and 150kW generation facility; three 100kW wind turbines; and three dual-axis 2.88kW solar PV panels.

The third project proposes a community-owned 30MW wind energy project with an ultimate goal to build a 650MW wind farm in Colorado.

A project in California will include the installation of a 1.5MW solar highway with three Photovoltaic system installations on 2 miles of highway right-of-ways.

The Sacramento, California project will also include a co-digestion process to produce biogas, two anaerobic digesters that will produce 500kW of combined heat and power.

The firth project, the University of California at Davis project, will implement a 300kW waste-to-renewable energy system to generate power from a renewable biogas-fed fuel cell.