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My Town Coopersville: Farm selected for new waste-to-energy program
My Town Coopersville: Farm selected for new waste-to-energy program

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—Consumers Energy and Michigan State University are teaming up with a Coopersville farm to transform waste into energy.

Beaver Creek Farms is one of four farms selected for the new anaerobic digester program, along with Brook View Dairy in Freeport, Green Meadow Farms Inc., in Elsie and Scenic View Dairy in Fennville.

Anaerobic digesters generate electricity from biodegradable material.

“The addition of anaerobic digestion brings more diversity to our existing renewable energy supply from wind, solar, biomass and hydroelectric dams,” explains Timothy Sparks, Consumers Energy’s vice president of energy supply operations.

The farms will be offered long-term contracts to collectively generate 2.6 megawatts of electric capacity.  That’s enough energy to power about 2,800 homes.