New partnership announced between Founders, Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids and Founders teaming up

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - A new partnership has been announced between the city of Grand Rapids and Founders Brewing Co.

They will collaborate on a project that will focus on renewable energy.

Later this year, the city will construct an underground collection system that will send that liquid from Founders directly to the wastewater resource recovery facility. It'll then be run through a biodigester and separated into biogas and other sources of energy like phosphorus.

The end result could save Grand Rapids around $1 million in electric costs each year.

But there is some risk like the situation in Lowell where a stinky biodigester has caused major problems. Project leaders say that will not happen in Grand Rapids.

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"Of course we're going to pay attention to odor control, and we're going to do it in the very best way that we can," says Eric DeLong the Deputy City Manager. "I don't expect any effects at all, it's going to work out well, and it'll be just like all of our other projects.

"They come in and they work great."

The project is expected to be up and running by the end of 2018.

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