Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of 11 projects through the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) that will assist in the development of clean and renewable energy projects across Pennsylvania.
The 11 projects were approved through the Alternative and Clean Energy Program (ACE) during yesterday’s CFA board meeting. The projects, totaling just over $12 million, are located in Allegheny, Chester, Columbia, Crawford, Lancaster, Montgomery, Northampton, Northumberland, and Philadelphia counties. These projects will support the construction of extremely energy-efficient school buildings; support the installation of efficient and modern power systems like biomass and combined heat and power; and assist with the costs of purchasing and installing biogas purification systems and compressed natural gas fueling stations.
CNG Services, LLC was approved for a $538,500 loan for the purchase and installation of a biogas purification system at Bortnick Dairy Farm in Beaver Township. The system will turn waste biogas into quality, pipeline-quality natural gas to be used as transportation fuel at CNG Services’ fueling stations. The project is expected to produce approximately 2,500 gasoline gallon equivalents of compressed natural gas annually. The total project cost is $1,837,000.
Carbon Atlantic International LLC was approved for a $32,319 loan to purchase and install a biomass processing system at its facility in Chillisquaque Township. Located on a former shale quarry, the new system will produce biochar from wood shipping pallets recycled from a local landfill. Additionally, the system will produce animal bedding for poultry and dairy farm animals from clean, debarked wood chips delivered by area sawmills. The system is expected to offset 1,000 MMBtus annually in its thermal output. The total project cost is $205,386.