Farms To Fuel Project

Farms to Fuel illustration

Project Overview

A proposed project to generate power through the digestion of manure from nearly 2 million Sonoma County egg laying chickens. A 1.4 MW fuel cell will convert some of the biogas to clean electricity while the remaining biogas will be sold for use elsewhere. Currently, the Agency is in process of identifying a new partner to continue this important project.

Environmental Benefits

  • Represents up to $55M direct capital investment in the business park.
  • Assists in developing a technology and innovation industry Reduces Water Agency’s dependence on fossil fuels by producing 1.4 MW of power meeting 25 – 33% of Water Agency’s total base needs.
  • Nutrient rich byproduct of anaerobic digestion will be used as organic fertilizer.
  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 4,000 tons/year, by creating a clean source of power generation for the Water Agency.
  • Reduction of pollutants in waterways due to runoff of excess nutrients from the land application of chicken waste as fertilizer.

Environmental Impacts

  • 5 covered trucks per day entering the facility with chicken manure. 21 additional vehicles for employees and operations.
  • Air drawing from the processing buildings would be passed through odor scrubbers to eliminate odors.

Economic Benefits

  • Represents up to $55M direct capital investment in the business park.
  • Assists in developing a technology and innovation industry in Sonoma County.
  • Provides 36 permanent jobs and 94 temporary jobs during construction.

More Information

Initial Study CEQA Document

(Final conditions of approval are included as Chapter 3 in the Initial Study CEQA Document)