In 2013 Macco Feeds installed a new boiler at its Williams manufacturing plant. The plant is the first of its kind to be installed in Australia.
The boiler uses wood that would normally go to landfill, but also runs on oil-mallee wood chips.
The boiler can run on any type of fuel that can burn, and produces stream to process the stock feed, prior to pelletising.
Macco Feeds Australia manager Phil Beresford said small communities, particularly in the Wheatbelt, could reap significant benefits through private investment into biofuel energy generators. The biofuel boiler, imported from Italy, was installed at a cost of $750,000.
Mr Beresford estimated he saved more than $500,000 each year in gas costs.