Thanks Carol. It does make sense that the hotels are also saving money on transportation and waste disposal. And the "green impact" of this initiative certainly makes them look and feel good. Is there an incentive for them from the government or local agencies that might encourage more of the hotels and restaurants to participate in the program?
I think Nicholas has raised some excellent points here. I am glad to hear that you are already conditioning the biogas. It seems to me that you are using a distributed generation model, where the biogas is generated at or next to the consumption facility. I would love to see this model expand even bigger to community generation/micro-grid. For a micro-grid type application, where the consumers may be residential customers in that community, there might be some distribution system (though small) required. Is that in the plans currently, or are you focusing on on-site generation only for now?
Hi Niki, thanks for the detailed response. I agree that there were some differences in the idea phase. But moving forward, we can figure out the details and work towards he best option.
Volunteer work definitely comes comes with its own risk. But some of the non profit organizations that I have worked with have taken advantage of the local schools' volunteer hours requirements. We could try something similar.
I really like the retail store idea. It gives us an opportunity to involve some of the nearby soup kitchen. We will just have to be careful to not start competing with these already established organizations.