Dairy Digester Research & Development Program

Dairy Digester Research & Development Program


CDFA’s Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP) provides financial assistance for the installation of dairy digesters in California, which will result in reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

Program Timeline

Item Timeframe*
Public Comment Period September 17, 2019 – October 16, 2019
Draft RGA for public comments December 10, 2019 – December 24, 2019
Release of Solicitation February 3, 2020
Grant Application Due March 27, 2020 April 27, 2020 (5:00 p.m. PT)
Review Process April–August May – September, 2020
Announce Award Funding September October, 2020

* Subject to change.

What is the dairy digester research and development program?

CDFA’s Dairy Digester Research and Development Program (DDRDP) provides financial assistance for the installation of dairy digesters in California, which will result in reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

What is a dairy digester?

Dairy digesters are a renewable technology that uses livestock manure to produce methane, which is a renewable source of electrical energy generation and transportation fuel. The technology has many environmental and social benefits. More information on dairy digesters can be found on the CalEPA Dairy Digesters webpage and the USEPA AgSTAR Anaerobic Digestion webpage.

How is DDRDP funded?

CDFA receives funding from California Climate Investments for methane emissions reductions from dairy and livestock operations.

What have been the benefits?

Current DDRDP projects are expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 12.9 million metric tons of CO2e.

Who can I contact for more information?

If you have questions about CDFA’s dairy digester and dairy methane reduction programs, please e-mail cdfa.oefi@cdfa.ca.gov.

Program Status

OPEN
The DDRDP Program is accepting applications.

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