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Macleod man launches new biogas company

ECB Enviro North America Inc. and PlanEt Biogas Solutions Inc. last week announced the formation of their partnership, Lethbridge Biogas LP.
The commencement of construction marks 10 years of project planning and development on this 2.85-megawatt Cogeneration plant fuelled by organic residues.
Once operational, the plant will offset the carbon dioxide equivalent of more than 45,000 tonnes every year and will create enough energy to power more than 2,500 homes.
“The construction start is the culmination of many years of design, planning, testing and lobbying,” ECB president Thane Hurlburt of Fort Macleod said. “It’s a perfect example of the forward-thinking, grit and determination that makes Alberta so special.”
A leader in the Canadian biogas market, PlanEt Biogas Solutions Inc. has built five biogas plants in Canada and more than 200 plants in Europe through their affiliate company PlanEt Biogas Technique located in Vreden, Germany.
“We are extremely excited to have PlanEt Biogas Solutions Inc. as our partner,” Hurlburt said.
Biogas plants naturally decompose matter into nutrient-rich solids and liquids — which can be used to help grow agricultural crops and residential gardens — as well as into methane, a biological replacement for natural gas.
The plant will transform organic by-products from local livestock operations, the meat and food processing industries, restaurants, and institutions like schools into renewable energy and organic fertilizer.
“The county is pleased to have an industrial energy producer located in the area that is using by-products and waste from area farms and businesses,” County of Lethbridge Reeve Lorne Hickey said. “It’s great to see this worthwhile project get started.”
Lethbridge Biogas LP will be located within the County of Lethbridge’s Rave Industrial Park.
Plant production is anticipated for January 2013 at which point Lethbridge Biogas will add green, renewable, sustainable electricity to Alberta’s grid.
They will also add organic fertilizer, and will contribute to the reduction of the carbon footprint in southern Alberta.
“We believe this project is a long-term, value added initiative that will reduce waste while creating a new source of energy,” added Economic Development Lethbridge chief executive officer Cheryl Dick. “This is an important rural development opportunity that has economic, environmental and long-term societal benefits through waste reduction, energy creation and advanced technology application.”