Prince Edward/Lennox & Addington Community Futures Development Corporation provided $20,000 in support from last years Eastern Ontario Development Program. The research helped ELORIN provide stakeholders in the PELA region with comprehensive information on feedstock’s, land use, environmental impacts, technologies, markets, as well as provided workshops.
ELORIN has completed their research and have submitted a 92 page report which is available at www.pelacfdc.ca/downloadfilesc19.php The report identifies potential end users such as Greenhouses and ResidentialHome Heating. Suitable hectares are also highlighted including the type ofenergy cop production available as well as future recommendations for the Lennox and Addington area. ELORIN estimates an increase demand for 15,000 tones of switchgrass pellets can come from simply heating 1% of Ontario’s Greenhouse space.
Although there is a learning curve with bio-mass farmers have taken notice for a few reasons. Unlike corn which is grown on fertile land switchgrass can be grown on land which is currently viewed as low grade. This means farmers would not have to debate the profit point to grow corn or wheat over switchgrass since ideally they would be able to do both. Second switchgrass pellets produce relatively low emissions when burned therefore reducing the carbon footprint of Ontario. The report does suggest further study however it considers Lennox and Addington to be well positioned to be a leader in this industry.