Project Goals include Greenhouse Gas Reduction, Farm Waste Management,
DALLAS, May 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Dean Foods Company (NYSE: DF)
today announced that it has begun development of an anaerobic digester on the
Big Sky Dairy farm near Gooding, Idaho. The anaerobic digester will capture
animal waste from the farm’s approximately 4,700 dairy cows, reducing both
odors and emissions of methane gas into the atmosphere. The resulting
captured methane will then be used to generate electricity. The project, which
is expected to be operational by early 2009, will be owned and operated by a
partnership between Dean Foods and AgPower Partners, LLC. AgPower Partners,
LLC consists of an affiliate of Andgar Corporation, an affiliate of GHD, Inc.
and Cenergy USA, Inc.
“Managing greenhouse gas emissions and animal waste is one of the dairy
industry’s biggest challenges,” said Gregg Engles, Chairman and CEO of Dean
Foods. “We are proud to have partnered with AgPower Partners to bring this
important and sustainable dairy industry solution to the market. And we are
very pleased that Big Sky Dairy has agreed to be our partnership’s initial
The Big Sky Dairy digester project is expected to have generation capacity
of more than one megawatt per hour of renewable “green” power, which will be
sold into the local power grid and should provide enough renewable energy
annually to power approximately 650 homes. In addition, the digester will
produce a sanitary fiber by-product that can be used as clean animal bedding
or as organic soil enhancement. By reducing emissions of methane, a powerful
greenhouse gas, the digester will also generate carbon credits and renewable
“We are very excited about this project and the benefits it will provide
to us in operating our farm,” said Russel Visser of Big Sky Dairy. “We will
be better able to control our waste and reduce our associated costs while
improving the environment.”
ABOUT DEAN FOODS
Dean Foods Company is the largest processor and distributor of milk and
other dairy products in the United States. The Company sells milk and a full
range of other dairy products under more than 50 well-known local and regional
brands and a wide array of private labels. The Company’s WhiteWave Foods
division produces a variety of nationally branded dairy and dairy-related
products, such as Horizon Organic(R) dairy products, Silk(R) soymilk, and
International Delight(R) coffee creamers. WhiteWave Foods’ Rachel’s Organic(R)
brand is the largest organic milk brand and second largest organic yogurt
brand in the United Kingdom.
ABOUT GHD, INC.
GHD, Inc. is the designer and patent-holder for the anaerobic digester
system to be installed at the project. GHD, Inc. presently has approximately
30 similar systems operating in seven states used to digest a broad range of
solid organic material including agricultural wastes such as dairy cow manure
and parlor water (milking barn wash-up liquids). The firm has been designing
and manufacturing anaerobic digesters since 1999.
ABOUT ANDGAR CORPORATION
Andgar Corporation will manufacture and install the digester for this
project. Andgar is responsible for the construction of the project and will
provide operational and maintenance services on an on-going basis. The
73-year-old company is a full-service mechanical contractor.
ABOUT CENERGY USA, Inc.
Cenergy USA is the developer and financial advisor for the renewable
energy project. The company provides similar services for energy efficiency
and renewable energy projects throughout the United States.
SOURCE Dean Foods Company