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UW-Oshkosh building third waste-to-energy digester

OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - UW-Oshkosh has started to build its third digester that turns waste into electricity.

The university recently began construction of a $7 million digester and public education center at the nearby Rosendale Dairy, the state’s largest dairy farm.

Officials say the facility will turn livestock waste into methane that can be burned to produce enough electricity to power 1,200 homes. Also, local farmers can use residue from the digester for a type of fertilizer that’s now available only on a distant basis from places like Canada and Florida.

The new center will also be used for related classes and research.

The electric sales from the digester will provide carbon credits for the university, and will help UW-Oshkosh reach its goals for producing green energy.

Officials of the dairy and the Oshkosh Foundation say the project is good for everyone involved – including the dairy’s neighbors who’ve wanted fewer odors from the farm.

The other UW-Oshkosh digesters are at a farm near Larsen, and across the Fox River from the campus.