immigrated to Ontario from Switzerland, Mr. Kirchmeier was familiar with
anaerobic digestion from his native country. Being environmentally minded,
he and his wife were interested in generating energy from renewable sources.
Taking advantage of the Provincial incentive programs available, they chose
both photovoltaics (solar energy) and biogas technologies to accommodate this
and Feed-in Tariff applications were completed in early 2008 and construction
commenced later that year.
the proposed location for the digester vessel, it was discovered that the soil
was relatively wet due to its clay content. This necessitated the
fortification of the site to ensure appropriate load-bearing capacity under
the digester and related facilities.
was completed efficiently and the system began producing gas in early 2009,
although the utility interconnection was delayed.
Kirchmeiers are enjoying a considerable revenue stream from their renewable
energy systems, including a well-performing biogas system, as well as the use
of the effluent fertilizer, which is land-applied to their fields.