In the United States (US), Avolta LLC, a renewable energy company focused on originating, developing, owning, and operating renewable natural gas (RNG) projects, and its regional development partner, Atlas Global Holdings, LLC, held an official groundbreaking on June 29, 2021, to kick off the first of two RNG Projects at the Butterfield and Milky Way dairies outside of Phoenix, Arizona (AZ).
Avolta is an execution-focused developer of renewable natural gas (RNG) projects that brings a full suite of capabilities to project development including identifying potential development targets, performing financial and operational due diligence, securing gas rights, obtaining off-take agreements for gas and environmental credits, and project financing.
Avolta is pleased to expand into Arizona with the new RNG upgrading facility at Butterfield Dairy. The Butterfield RNG Facility will positively impact the environment while simultaneously providing benefits to the de Jong family farming operation. This will be the first in a series of projects in Arizona that uphold our commitment to supporting the dairy industry and providing economic opportunities to local communities all while reducing the impact on the environment said Gov Siegel, co-founder of Avolta.
Dairy-based biogas systems use anaerobic digestion (AD) to convert manure into biogas. The dairy manure streams are diverted and stored in digestors for a specified time to allow the bacteria to “digest” the manure. As the manure is digested, methane (CH4) is created.
The methane gas is then upgraded to pipeline quality biomethane gas before being injected into the nearest gas pipeline.
Since our family began farming in 1620, we have continuously improved our operations and processes to remain competitive and be a good steward of the land. Most recently we designed Butterfield Dairy to be carbon neutral by managing our water to support crops and capture carbon dioxide. This RNG project with Atlas and Avolta is the next phase in this tradition of continuous improvement with many benefits for our farming operation and the environment said the family patriarch, Tommy de Jong Sr.
Biogas is currently being produced in all 50 states and the industry is primed for unprecedented growth. For farmers, the combined anaerobic digesters and RNG upgrading facilities provide optimized waste management solutions for dairy operations, help create long-term financial stability through gas sales, and provide an organic cow bedding supply.
Each RNG Facility built and put in operation creates local jobs, provides several benefits to the farming operation, and provides a renewable, sustainable energy source.
Collectively, Butterfield and Milky Way dairies care for more than 50 000 cows and the projects will generate over 675 000 MMBtu of RNG annually which will ultimately be distributed as a renewable transportation fuel.
The Butterfield and Milky Way projects are scheduled to begin delivering gas into a Southwest Gas Pipeline at the end of the fourth quarter of 2021 and the first quarter of 2022, respectively.
Both facilities will be operated and maintained by Nacelle Solutions, a gas technology and service company with design and operational expertise in both the oil, gas, and biogas industries.