In 2002, a local dairy farmer was considering relatively new technology to capture methane from cow manure and turn it into biogas for electricity to send to the power grid.
Andgar co-owners, Andy Mellema and Gary Van Loo, took the idea back to their team, challenging them to use their decades of construction expertise to bring the project to reality.
The concept of turning farm economics on its head and being able to live their values of stewardship for the planet excited Andy and Gary so much, they went back to the farmer with the designs, diagrams, and cost estimates, and then they did something very unusual for most companies-they invested their own money in the project.
FPE Renewables became the first dairy digester built in Washington State, and it's been an enormous success. It recently received an award from the American Biogas Council for its historic 13-year runtime.
Since then, Andgar completed another 11 dairy digester projects in Washington, California, Oregon and Idaho, making us one of the most successful builders and operators of manure digesters in North America.
Now retired from the company, Andy and Gary handed off Regenis to a new generation of leadership with the commitment to those same values and ready to lead the company over new horizons by expanding our manure management offerings beyond our biogas generators to include recovering organic nutrients by processing post-digestion fine solids and converting waste streams into clean water.
Whether your goal is preventing phosphorous and nitrogen runoff, efficient on-farm water management or running a more profitable and sustainable farm, Regenis has a digestible solution that’s right for you.