Starting in 2006, armed with a business plan and an apprehension that leadership in policy change will prevail in British Columbia, the eponymous technology company Cedar Road Bioenergy Inc. undertook to utilize biogas energy that was being flared at a Nanaimo Landfill on Cedar Road. Over the last six years, the company has quietly been implementing and innovating a modular platform that produces clean renewable energy commercially from smaller biogas host installations.
The success of the newly-named Nanaimo Bioenergy Centre is the result resulted of a willingness of the partners and stakeholders to embrace and manage policy, plus financial and innovation risk. In 2008 the establishment of the BC Hydro Standing Offer Program positioned Cedar Road to complete a 1.3 MW Phase One, biogas-to-electricity facility. A capital investment of 3.8 million dollars was facilitated by predictable cashflow, itself enabled by long-term power purchase predictability.
2011 saw the start of a $2.5 million dollar capital investment in Phase Two, which extends the vision to reach stated commercial biogas utilization objectives through new innovation and the expansion of the mandate of the centre. The implementation of Phase Two is supported and made possible by $1 million in funding from British Columbia’s Innovative Clean Energy Fund (ICE).
“Biogas solutions are commercially viable options for reaching renewable energy base load production,” says Paul Liddy, Managing Director of Cedar Road Bioenergy. “Facilitating this ability to innovate in renewable energy is positioning BC as a world leader in biogas utilization.
“We are very excited to continue to build on this concept and to show the world that biogas capturing is a proven and viable model for small to midsize landfill systems.”
With acknowledgement and thanks to all the partners, stakeholders and community in the Regional District of Nanaimo, an official opening and ribbon cutting took place on October 18, 2012.
Cedar Road Bioenergy is owner and operator of the Nanaimo Bioenergy Centre, and is a member company of the Suncurrent Group (www.suncurrent.ca), a Canadian private business which has been implementing renewable energy projects since 1981.
Guy Crittenden is editor of this magazine. Contact Guy at email@example.com