Central Victorian Bioenergy Plant

Mount Alexander Bio-energy Group has been working with government departments and local businesses in the Castlemaine area to scope the potential for a bio-energy facility.

The facility will use anaerobic digestion and biomass thermal technology to divert approx. 36,000 tonnes of organic waste.

The proposed facility will include a biodigester that acts like a stomach, able to break down wet organic waste. The digester produces both methane to generate electricity, and digestate for agricultural use. It also will also burn dry wood chips to generate steam, capable of producing biochar for agricultural use.

The clean energy created will go back to the local community and support local business such as Don KR to reduce their carbon footprint by 40% by 2025.

The facility will also benefit the agricultural community, as it will produce carbon neutral soils products, replacing emissions intensive synthetic fertilisers.

Objectives

We acknowledge and respect Victorian Traditional Owners as the original custodians of Victoria’s land and waters, their unique ability to care for Country and deep spiritual connection to it. We honour Elders past and present whose knowledge and wisdom has ensured the continuation of culture and traditional practices. We are committed to enabling self-determination for all Aboriginal people and aim to work closely with the Aboriginal community to drive action and improve outcomes especially in the context of a changing climate.

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