Commonwealth Organics-to-Energy

Organics-to-energy technologies are those that take certain types of waste – including organic materials such as food, animal or yard waste, and convert it to electricity or heat. Some organics-to-energy systems also produce valuable compost or liquid fertilizer as byproducts.

The benefits of organics-to-energy systems, which are usually sited on farms, food processing plants or wastewater treatment facilities, can include:

  • diversion of organic waste from landfills or incinerators,
  • generation of renewable energy,
  • reducing dependence on other fuels,
  • manufacturing of materials that improve soil health or productivity.

One type of an organics-to-energy facility is an anaerobic digester, which uses microorganisms to break down organic materials to produce methane, which, in turn, can be used to generate heat or electricity.

Photo courtesy of Randy Jordan, Jordan Dairy Farms, Rutland

Additional Resources

Organics to Energy (Government/Non-Profit) - How Do I Apply?

Implementation and Pilot Projects -- solicitation is now OPEN until further notice.  

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, as received.  While there is currently no deadline for applications, the solicitation may close at any time.

Those considering applying for a grant are encouraged to discuss their project informally with MassCEC staff as early as possible during the preparation of an application; contact information is provided in the solicitation.

Organics to Energy (Government/Non-Profit) - Who's Eligible?

Projects must be located within the service territory of the electric distribution companies that pay into the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust Fund, which is administered by MassCEC.

Funding is available to both public and private entities for Implementation and Pilot Projects and for Feasibility Studies, and to public entities for Technical Studies/Services.

Organics to Energy - How to Apply

Implementation and Pilot Projects -- solicitation is now OPEN until further notice.  

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, as received.  While there is currently no deadline for applications, the solicitation may close at any time.

Those considering applying for a grant are encouraged to discuss their project informally with MassCEC staff as early as possible during the preparation of an application; contact information is provided in the solicitation.

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