By AFP – Apr 12,2017 – JORDAN TIMES
A Palestinian farmer hoses off the udders of cows at the Jebrini dairy farm in the West Bank town of Hebron, where cow dung is used to produce electricity as an alternative power source, on Monday (AFP photo)
DAHRIYA, Palestinian Territories — Power comes in many forms, but Kamal Al Jebrini’s family looked to where others may fear to tread for a new source of it: cow dung.
The family has begun recycling waste from its cows to produce electricity for one of the largest Palestinian dairy plants and even to provide power to some houses.
They discovered the idea during trips abroad and decided cow dung that would otherwise mainly rot in the sun — apart from some used as fertiliser by neighbouring farmers — could be put to better use.
“It was a shame to allow all of that manure to be lost and impact the environment when we can produce electricity with it,” said Jebrini, who owns a large farm of about 1,000 cows with his brothers.
He spoke after inspecting the milking room, where workers looked after lumbering cows.
The project in the occupied West Bank is the first of its kind in the Palestinian territories, where renewable energy usually means solar panels.