The Grant Farm Secures $3M for Green Energy Projects
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$3 Million Awarded for Waste to Energy Facilities
Nevada City-based The Grant Farm secures $3 million for two energy projects that will create 525 construction jobs and 75 permanent green energy positions
Nevada City, California – The California Energy Commission approved nearly $3 million for two high profile projects represented by local Fund Development company The Grant Farm that will transform Waste-to-Energy facilities in Northern California.
The awards — $1.49 million for the Advanced Bioenergy Center Mendota, and $1.31 million for the Sacramento BioRefinery #1 – fund the pre-development and engineering costs to construct two landmark biorefineries that will utilize hundreds of tons of green waste by converting it to fuel for buses, electricity and high value compost.
Advanced Bioenergy Center Mendota
The Grant Farm managed, coordinated and wrote this successful application for $1.49 million in funds from the California Energy Commission for the Advanced Bioenergy Center Mendota (ABCM), a multi-partner collaboration that includes the Mendota Advanced Bioenergy Beet Cooperative, UC Davis, California State University, Fresno; Spectrum Energy Solutions, IR1 Group and Shell Oil. This application received the highest score of any competing application in the state of California.
When complete, the proposed $200 million ABCM facility will:
- Process nearly 1 million tons per year of locally-sourced sugar beets
- Utilize 80,000 additional tons of almond prunings and other agricultural waste that state law will prohibit from burning on June 1, 2010
- Generate 6.3 Megawatts (MW) of certified Green-e electricity;
- Produce 33.5 million gallons of advanced ethanol and 1.6 million standard cubic feet (SCF) of renewable biomethane
- Process wastewater on behalf of the City of Mendota and create a net positive of 365 acre feet of irrigation water per year
- Create up to 325 construction, engineering and design jobs; 50 BioRefinery Operations positions, 40 to 50 Feedstock Operations jobs and 160 farm labor positions in a community which currently claims the highest unemployment rate in the United States
- Generate $90 million in direct economic activity
Sacramento BioRefinery #1
The Grant Farm has managed the Public Fund Campaign for Clean World Partners’ proposed Sacramento BioRefinery #1 (SBR1) since 2009. Partners in the project, to be sited at the Sacramento Recycling & Transfer Station, include the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), UC Davis, Yolo County Transit District, CALSTART, and others. SBR1 was awarded $1.35 million from the California Energy Commission to fully fund pre-development costs.
When complete, the proposed $23 million facility will:
- Provide a reliable, locally produced supply of 71,324,285 SCF of compressed natural gas (CNG) for the Yolo County Transit District (YCTD) CNG Bus fleet—displacing 584,000 gallons of gasoline a year, or approximately 84 percent of YCTD’s annual demand
- Produce average daily outputs equaling:
- 195,409 SCF of biomethane
- 19,977 SCF of hydrogen
- 3,313 gal of concentrated liquid fertilizer
- 8,521 gal of clean water
- 15 TPD of marketable compost
- Divert 36,500 tons of organic wastes annually from area landfills
- Reduce GHG by 15,512 metric tons per year
- Create 227 full-time, direct and indirect jobs during the project performance period and 16 full-time, permanent jobs
- Demonstrate a growd waste-to-energy solution developed with state funding at the University of California, Davis for national and global export. Successful commercialization and licensing will prompt private, state and federal investment in the billions of dollars
The Grant Farm specializes in identifying public funding partnerships and implementing public fund campaigns for organizations seeking state and federal loans, grants, and tax credits for critical renewable energy projects throughout the United States. Principals at the firm have more than 35 years of combined experience in public funding, technical writing, strategic planning, and advocacy. Since 1995, they have helped develop more than $375 million in renewable energy, cleantech, transportation and infrastructure, and conservation projects seeking funding from a variety of public agencies—including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, California Energy Commission, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Federal Transit Administration and the California Energy Commission.
The Grant Farm is a member of Sierra Commons, an innovative business community housed at the former site of the Stonehouse Brewery in Nevada City. Sierra Commons is a project of One-Stop Business and Career Center and the Private Industry Council of Butte County.
The Grant Farm recently leveraged its success at Sierra Commons, expanding to a second office in downtown Sacramento, California.