Local biodiesel firm gets boost

Springboard Biodiesel awarded funding from California Energy Commission

The California Energy Commission approved $35 million to hasten the statewide development of green fuels and technology, including funding for a Chico-based manufacturer of small-scale biodiesel-production systems and appliances.

Springboard Biodiesel, run by CEO Mark Roberts, (pictured) produces, markets, sells and operates biodiesel-processing equipment, enabling clients to produce biofuel profitably, according to a company press release. The funding was awarded to five projects and two nonprofit organizations statewide, all of which focus on low-carbon alternative fuels, vehicles and fueling stations.

“We are particularly excited to bring the biodiesel fueling option to the city of Chico, which has been actively focused on sustainable issues for a long time,” Roberts said.