Water Use Efficiency in Biodiesel Production
Crimson Renewable Energy sought out Grant Farm’s assistance to attract $10 million in funds to finance a scale-up of its Bakersfield facility that would increase production from 8 million to 22 million gallons per year, while simultaneously reducing water usage by 50 percent. Grant Farm successfully developed the grant funding packages, as well as exemptions from state and local sales and use taxes valued at $900,000.
Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Under contract to the California Department of Resources, Grant Farm managed the development of a $10-million Public Fund Plan for the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and successfully developed $130,000 for the design and engineering of the Wilseyville Community Scale Biomass Energy Project. Grant Farm also developed the Sierra Nevada Rural Jobs Accelerator Program to the White House Jobs Challenge. Previously, Principals of Grant Farm managed the successful campaign to create a Sierra Nevada Conservancy and wrote successful and funded Water and Parks Bond initiative language that dedicated $55.0 million to the Sierra Nevada region.
$27.0 Million Funding for River Parkways
Funding totaling more than $27 million allowed the acquisition of over 17,000 acres of critical watershed and river lands along the Yuba, American, Truckee, and Tuolumne Rivers in projects managed by principals of Grant Farm.
Low-Water Energy Crops
Grant Farm managed two successful fund solicitations totaling $6.5 million to research, develop, and demonstrate low-water sorghum as feedstock for ultra-low-carbon-intensity ethanol production in California. The projects resulted in the first-in-North-America achievement of producing 200-proof ethanol from sugar beets.