October 30, 2020. Brightmark, the global waste solutions provider, has partnered with three New York dairy farms on the Helios Project, the latest in a series of renewable natural gas (RNG) projects the company has launched over the past two years. The project is part of the recently announced joint venture Brightmark RNG Holdings LLC, a Brightmark platform in partnership with Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
Gardeau Crest Farms located in Western New York and Lawnhurst Farms and Willet Dairy, located in New York’s Finger Lakes Region, have each signed supply agreements with Brightmark indicating their intent to provide the company with dairy manure from their herds that will serve as feedstock for the three existing anaerobic digesters on the farms. The digesters will capture, extract, and clean the methane in the manure, then convert it into RNG and inject it into a nearby gas pipeline for distribution.
When fully operational in the third quarter of 2021, the digesters will produce up to 500 MMBtu of RNG per day or 182,500 MMBtu per year between the three dairy farms. Brightmark has partnered on RNG projects with 23 dairy farms in nine states over the past two years. Once all of these projects are operational, Brightmark’s RNG projects will generate enough renewable natural gas each year to drive 1,600 18-wheeler trucks from San Francisco to New York City.
“We are excited to partner with Gardeau Crest, Lawnhurst and Willet to further expand our renewable natural gas projects in New York and deliver environmental and economic benefits to their communities,” said Bob Powell, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Brightmark. “Brightmark aims to offset 22 million metric tons of CO2 by 2024 with our RNG projects and these partnerships are critical in helping us achieve our goal.”
“We are proud to partner with Brightmark to further reduce our environmental impact and to ensure that we continue to be good neighbors to our local community with the odor management benefits our anaerobic digester provides,” said Don Jensen of Lawnhurst Farms. “This partnership allows us to convert our manure waste into a valuable resource, while also improving odor control and reducing our emissions – a win-win-win for our farm, our community and the environment.”