Steve Vander Haak, Vander Haak Dairy

We were considered pioneers when we built the first digester in the state a decade ago, and we’ve partnered with Regenis from the beginning not just because of their technical expertise, but also because their tradition of honesty and integrity. Throughout the last ten years, we’ve viewed them as our partner as we’ve experimented with cutting edge technologies. Our ongoing efforts together have allowed us to upgrade power output by 25 percent and identify a string of new products. Since we installed the digester, it has been retooled by Regenis several times to include reducing odor, taking in commercial food waste and creating marketable byproducts such as fertilizer. We now make enough clean electricity to power 400 local homes annually and are proud to share this year’s award from the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy with their team.