New $95 million biomass power plant in Georgia
December 7, 2012
By The Telegraph
December 7, 2012, Macon, GA – A new biomass power in Laurens County will be built at an existing paper mill, and provide steam to the mill and also generate 56 megawatts of electricity for the electrical grid, according to the office of Governor Nathan Deal.
The investment is being made by Dublin-based Green Power Solutions, which has been working more than 18 months with Beasley Forestry Products and Land Care Services, Deal’s statement said.
The power plant is expected to be the largest renewable energy qualifying facility developed so far in Georgia.
Cal Wray, president of the Dublin-Laurens County Development Authority, told The Telegraph that the power plant will be placed at the SP Fiber Technologies paper mill just outside East Dublin off Ga. 199.
Wray said a host of announcements of biomass-related investments — including plants in Wilkinson County, Baxley, Lumber City and Sandersville — are helping the depressed timber industry.
“We’re excited about the opportunity,” Wray said.
Wray said he expected most of the fuel for the new plant will come from north of Appling County, and may include some hardwood waste from Beasley Forestry Products’ plants.
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