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The white-tented anaerobic digester, right, pipes the methane collected off the digested manure to the electrical generator, left with the silo, where it is converted to energy. The pipe spanning the two structures cycles hot water between the two as it heats the manure in the digester to 100 degrees to help the anaerobic process.

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Twin Birch dairy farm finalizes biogas generator system

Twin Birch Dairy Farm in Skaneateles has been a model New York state farm with state-of-the-art technology and a high priority on environmental stewardship for more than a decade. Recently, owner Dirk Young added a new benchmark for his business by adding a methane-powered generator, thereby making Twin Birch a totally self-sustaining farm from corn to cow to manure to electricity. This latest achievement — one of only two in the Syracuse region — will be celebrated later this month by state officials

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