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Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP)
PROGRAM AREA: CLEAN ENERGY AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY

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FUNDING LEVEL: Annual budget allocation; $61.1 million through March 2017
ADMINISTERING AGENCY: California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA)
ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: Existing milk producers and dairy digester developers are eligible for this program

Program Description

CDFA’s Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP) provides financial assistance for the installation of dairy digesters in California to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Funding supports digester projects on California dairy operations and incentivizes development of non-digester practices to reduce methane emissions through the Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP).

Visit the CDFA’s Dairy Digester Research and Development Program page to learn more.

Successful Project Outcomes

  • Reduced GHG emissions from dairies through installation of anaerobic digesters
  • Production of renewable energy through the capture of methane
  • Protection of air and water quality

Funded Projects

The City of Buttonwillow (2015)The West-Star North Dairy Biogas Project was awarded $1,837,005 for a covered lagoon digester project. Biogas from the digester will produce 7.6 million kWh renewable electricity per year. The project is estimated to have 158,730 MTCO2e in GHG reductions, while providing water quality protection.

City of Madera (2015)The Verwey-Madera Dairy Digester Project, a new covered lagoon digester, has been awarded $2,281,091 to be installed at Philip Verwey Farms. The biogas from the digester will be used to produce approximately 4.8 million kWh renewable electricity per year. The project is estimated to result in 240,000 MTCO2e in GHG reductions.

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