The sustainable biopower incentive program is changing to a competitive solicitation in fiscal year 2014, with the first solicitation round scheduled for Q4 of 2013.
Sustainable biopower technologies are eligible for financial incentives through New Jersey's Clean Energy Program. These biopower technologies use a renewable supply of organic material (biomass) to produce electricity, thus reducing our dependence on fossil fuels while promoting local business and farming.
The organic matter that makes up plants is known as biomass. Biomass can be used to produce electricity, transportation fuels, or chemicals. The use of biomass for any of these purposes is called biomass energy or biopower. New Jersey supports "sustainable biomass".
Wood is the largest biomass energy resource today, but other sources of biomass can also be used. They include food crops, grassy and woody plants, residues from agriculture or forestry, and the organic component of municipal and industrial wastes. Even the fumes from landfills (methane, a natural gas) can be used as a biomass energy source to produce biopower.
Benefits of Biopower
- Turns waste into resources
- Provides a renewable source of electricity
- Reduces use of fossil fuels
- Promotes biopower industries
More on Biopower
Biopower Feasibility Studies (2012-13)
Monmouth County's 1 MW sustainable biopower project produces enough energy to support their Materials Processing and Recovery Facility.