It doesn’t have solar power’s high-tech sexiness, and it’s far from clean. But cow power is slowly gaining ground in California.

A Bakersfield company said Tuesday that it will build a pipeline network to collect methane generated by cow manure at three Kern County dairies. The methane will be purified and delivered to a nearby Pacific Gas and Electric Co. pipeline so it can be used to heat homes or run power plants.

“California is the leading dairy producer in the U.S., and its dairies, with their abundant supplies of cow manure, have great potential for the production of renewable natural gas,” said David Albers, president of BioEnergy Solutions, the company that will build the network.

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