State college manure-energy project could get stimulus money

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. (AP) - Senator Charles Schumer says a biodigester that turns manure into energy at Morrisville State College will qualify for federal stimulus funding aimed at promoting renewable energy.

Schumer visited the college's dairy complex Tuesday and met with scientists who are working to make the manure-to-energy technology more affordable for farmers.

The college's biodigester produces electricity and heat from organic waste, providing a cheap source of energy for farmers and helping them make ends meet at a time when many are struggling.

But startup costs topping a million dollars put the technology out of reach for most small operations. The college is working on ways to bring costs down.

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