Biogas microgrids could reduce odors and outages for hog farm neighbors

A first-of-its-kind microgrid at a North Carolina hog farm combines solar, biogas and batteries.


This reporting by the Energy News Network looks at an emerging trend in North Carolina's intense hog industry. Reporter Elizabeth Ouzts took a deep look at this late last year for EHN.org, in a series of stories underwritten in part by the Society of Environmental Journalists and done in partnership with NC Policy Watch.

A key finding of our work: Anaerobic digestion "offers a critical upside for managers of all types of organic byproducts – from animal manure to food waste to sewage." Read our reporting here.

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Exposed: Toward a BPA-free future

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