The federal government is contributing up to $758,243 to support the development of a cooperative agricultural biomethanizer plant in Quebec.
Coop Agri-Énergie Warwick is the first agricultural cooperative dedicated to the production of renewable energy in Quebec. It brings together a dozen farmers from the Arthabaska MRC who produce renewable natural gas (RNG) from slurry and dairy cattle manure mixed with residual organic matter from surrounding farm businesses.
Coop Agri-Énergie Warwick has partnered with Coop Carbone, a non-profit organization that initiated the project and is in charge of its implementation and daily operations.
Coop Agri-Énergie Warwick expects that the new facility, which is currently in the start-up phase, will produce 2.3 million cubic meters of RNG each year. As a result, the organization estimates annual reductions of approximately 6,500 tonnes of CO2 equivalent, or the equivalent of removing 1,600 vehicles from the road.
“Our climate is changing, so is our agriculture. As farmers, we need to take an active part against climate change,” said Urs Studhalter, dairy farmer and president of the Coop Agri-Énergie Warwick.
“Our project allows us to take concrete and exemplary action in this direction. Furthermore, by also becoming energy producers, we are diversifying our income, making ourselves even more resilient.”
Agricultural clean tech
The project is being supported under the new $165.7-million Agricultural Clean Technology Program, which opened to applicants on June 16.
This new program provides farmers and agri-businesses with access to funding to help develop and adopt the latest clean technologies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It will prioritize projects in three areas including the bioeconomy, which employs technologies that use agricultural waste and by-products for energy and bio-product generation.
The new program has two funding streams:
- The Adoption Stream supports the purchase and installation of proven clean technologies and solutions that show meaningful reductions in GHG emissions.
- The Research and Innovation Stream supports pre-market innovation including research, development, demonstration and commercialization of agricultural clean technologies.