Local bioenergy company receives $1 million from province

Cedar Road LFG Inc. will receive $1 million from the province's Innovative Clean Energy Fund to continue to support the development of new technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

A Nanaimo-based clean energy initiative will receive $1 million from the province’s Innovative Clean Energy Fund to continue to support the development of new technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Cedar Road LFG Inc., operated by managing director Paul Liddy, was one of 12 projects across the province to receive a total of $8 million from the program.

Cedar Road, located at the Regional District of Nanaimo landfill, produces 1.3 megawatts of electricity  from biogas produced by the landfill for sale to B.C. Hydro. The money will be used to demonstrate a solution for the storage and dispensing of biogas for commercial vehicles as well as a new heat recovery system that will capture waste heat for the RDN.

The Ministry of Energy and Mines said the 12 B.C. entrepreneurs, communities and First Nations will invest about $71 million in their projects, creating about 475 jobs in 10 communities while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by up to 87,782 tonnes annually, the equivalent of taking more than 17,200 cars off the road.

Since 2008, the province has approved more than $72 million for 56 clean energy projects across the province, representing a value of more than $390 million in total project costs through the ICE Fund.

The ICE Fund supports a broad range of technological applications including ocean, tidal and wave, solar, geoexchange, micro-hydro, wind, bioenergy, waste utilization and energy conservation and management initiatives.