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You have probably seen Hillandale Farms eggs in your local grocery store. This forward-thinking Adams County egg producer is investing in a revolutionary new green technology that will use 80,000 tons of manure to create energy!
Hillandale Farms is one of the nations leading egg producers/suppliers. It is always gratifying to see large companies looking at ways to reduce their carbon footprint. This new energy plant will create enough energy to power 2,500 homes a year!
Hillandale Farms is planning on expanding their egg production facility in Adams County by another 1.5 million hens. This means 5 million chickens will call Tyrone Township home. Utilizing animal waste to create power is amazing. This new process will turn manure into steam that can be used to heat and cool.
Another added benefit will be 13,000 tons of left over nutrients from the biomass process will be recycled into fertilizer or livestock-feed supplement. This will contribute to a 3.5% reduction of nutrients and a 4.4% reduction of phosphorus being released into the Chesapeake Bay. Those percentages are for the entire state of Pennsylvania in just one production facility!
The plant is expected to be up and running by the first quarter of 2012.
If you are environmentally conscious, you may want to consider including this egg supplier in your weekly shopping.