Grant would help turn Ohio farm waste into energy

Aug 22, 2011

ST. MARYS, Ohio - A Cleveland company has received a 1 million dollar federal grant to help create a facility that would turn animal waste into energy near Grand Lake St Marys.

 U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown announced today (Monday) that Quasar Energy Group will use the U.S. Department of Agriculture grant for a methane digester. The 2.2 million dollar facility would turn manure into methane that can be used for heating and converted into alternative vehicle fuel.

Manure and chemical runoffs from farms have led to high levels of phosphorus, which feeds blue-green algae. Brown says the digester project will also create clean-energy jobs near the lake between Dayton and Toledo.