Local company testifies before state House committee on turning waste into energy

Barr-Tech goes to Olympia

A local company located in Sprague, Washington testified before the state House Technology, Energy and Communications Committee during a work session this week on its efforts to turn common yard waste, food waste and other bio-solids into compost, fertilizer and green energy.

Barr-Tech, LLC, which was founded by Ted and Larry Condon, and Jack Gillingham, told committee members about the work that’s been done up to this point in creating the compost facility and the anaerobic digester that will allow the company to generate up to 2 megawatts of power, which is enough to supply energy for about 2,000 homes.

Rep. Shelly Short, R-Addy and assistant ranking Republican on the committee, said she was pleased that Barr-Tech was able to visit Olympia and give a presentation that was a perfect example of local efforts to bring forth innovative energy solutions.

“I know the folks at Barr-Tech are very eager to showcase what they’ve been able to accomplish in a relatively short period of time,” Short said.  “We wanted to give them the opportunity to talk to committee members and explain both the process they’ve gone through to get things up and running, and some of the obstacles and challenges they still face.  I know committee members were impressed with the innovation and commitment exhibited by Barr-Tech.”

The committee’s work session on anaerobic digesters also included a presentation by Washington State University professors.

To see the slide show that Barr-Tech presented to the committee, click here, or visit: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/cmd/default.aspx?cid=TEC


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