Green energy could spell grant for Utica brewery project

March 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

A green energy project at the F.X. Matt Brewing Company is up and running and may get a $50,000 grant from Oneida County because of its unique benefits to the community.

The $5 million project uses waste materials from brewing operations to generate electricity and heat for the facility.

The apparatus, known as an anaerobic digester, not only supplies between 35 and 40 percent of the plant’s electricity, but also cleans the wastewater by as much as 80 percent.

Matt’s Chairman and CEO Nick Matt said the $50,000 grant would help offset the cost of purchasing property adjacent to the brewery for the digester, demolishing structures on the property and creating a small park on the leftover land.

“We will create the park as soon as the snow stops,” Matt said. “We will do grading, add trees and at some point there could be a beer garden.”

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente is requesting that the county Board of Legislators approve a $50,000 grant for the project.

“It is a green project that helps the sewer system and the neighborhood,” Picente said. He also said activities at the Brewery, such as Saranac Thursdays and the party at the Boilermaker finish line enhance quality of life for the local community.

The county’s economic development grant fund was created by Picente after he entered office in 2007. It now contains more than $1.2 million. Any appropriation must be approved by the Board of Legislators.

Comments are closed.