Spencer, Mass. Organics to Energy Anaerobic Digester Project
Jordan Dairy Farms continues its commitment to sustaining the farm for future generations and protecting the environment by adding a second Vanguard Renewables Farm Powered Anaerobic Digester at the Jordan Dairy Farms Heifer Facility in Spencer, Massachusetts. The first farm in New England to host an anaerobic digester back in 2011 in Rutland, Jordan Dairy Farms now becomes the first New England farm to host two Farm Powered Anaerobic Digesters with the addition of the Spencer location.
Jordan Dairy Farms is a six-generation dairy operation founded in 1885. The farm is a member of the Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) Cooperative and is operated by brothers Randy and Brian Jordan.
The soon to be constructed anaerobic digester at the Spencer locations features a 660,000-gallon capacity anaerobic digester tank and will co-digest more than 10 tons of manure and 100 tons of organics daily. It will produce 8,410 MWh of renewable energy per year from a 1 MW engine and displace 5,500 lbs. of CO2 emissions daily.
Manure from the dairy operation and organic food waste are combined in the anaerobic digester and microorganisms convert sugars, fats, and other compounds into biogas to produce renewable energy. The digestate by-product of the process is an odor-free organic, liquid fertilizer. The farm also receives low-cost energy and hot water and heat for farm operations.