An anaerobic digester built and managed by Ferndale-based Andgar Corp. will be enhanced with a $320,000 award ($224,000 loan / $96,000 grant) from the Washington State Department of Commerce. The money comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and will be used to help generate power for an additional 150 homes. Three new jobs will be created. Other partners include Northwest Farm Credit Services, USDA Rural Development and WSU.
The digester, located at the Vander Haak Dairy in Lynden, Wash., processes manure and food waste into methane gas which is then converted into electricity. This process began supplying energy in 2004 and with the upgrade will now power 360 homes.