Another farm in Kewaunee County could be close to installing a manure digester system with the capabilities of manufacturing a renewable energy source. The town of Lincoln Plan Commission met with representatives from Kinnard Farms in Casco and Detroit-based DTE Energy to discuss the future of a renewable energy facility on the property. Similar to a project already underway at Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy in Kewaunee, cow manure from Kinnard Farms would be transported to the facility with four above-ground digesters to create methane gas for different markets including California. Town plan commission chairperson Mick Sagrillo says Kinnard Farms and DTE Energy are committed to doing the project right because of what it is at stake if they cheat or do something wrong.
Sagrillo says putting anything other than manure into their proposed system could cost them up to nine months of gas production time. A conditional use permit and development agreement will be up for consideration on June 19th if all details are ironed out and if Kinnard Farms has received its Livestock Siting Conditional Use Permit from the town at that time. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Town Hall.