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Federal Government Funds Company Turning Waste into Energy


April 17, 2009
By AAFC

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April 17, 2009- The
Government of Canada is investing $480,500 in a manufacturing facility,
Powerbase Energy Systems Inc. in Carleton Place, Ontario, intended to
boost the local economy by creating jobs and new markets for farmers.

Powerbase
Energy Systems Inc. will built a new manufacturing facility to produce
power-generating units that process waste into energy. The facility,
located in Carleton Place, will create 10 direct and 15 indirect jobs
and is expected to generate approximately $35.5 million in annual
company revenue by 2013.

 
The
renewable energy generation units will provide farmers with additional
farming income through the sale of surplus power to the Ontario power
grip and will reduce or eliminate their own electricity costs. In
addition to energy savings, the benefits include the reduction of
pathogens in the environment, manure odours, and greenhouse gases, as
well as simplifying manure handling.
 
"The
biggest direct benefit to me will be the earned income from electrical
sales," says Doug Cleary, a local farmer planning to install a Synergy
Biopower System that will process manure and restaurant waste. "Our
neighbours will appreciate it and so will the restaurant industry as it
will prevent both of these kinds of waste from damaging the
environment."
 
For more information on the Agri-Opportunities program visit www.agr.gc.ca/agri-opportunities .

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