Ameresco biomass cogeneration facility complete, in operation

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Operations have begun for the U.S. Department of Energy and Ameresco Inc. biomass facility at Savannah River Site.

Ameresco, an energy efficiency and renewable energy company, has a 20-year, $795 million contract to build and operate the plant.

The project, begun in 2009, represented a $150 million investment by Amer­esco and employed as many as 800 workers. The plant will create about 25 permanent jobs, not including private haulers who bring wood chips to it.

The 34-acre facility is the recent recipient of the 2012 Excellence in Renewable Energy Award for the Biomass Project of the Year as recognized by the Renewable Energy World Network of Editors.

The plant replaces a coal powerhouse and oil-fired boilers at SRS, and has the capacity to combust 385,000 tons of forest residue annually into 20-megawatts of clean power.

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TK3 03/07/12 - 09:21 pm
So now OSB panel and particle

So now OSB panel and particle board makers and furniture makers will have to compete even more for the wood chip$ or sawdust now used in their products along with gardening product suppliers? "forest residue"

SCEagle Eye
SCEagle Eye 03/08/12 - 08:32 am
How can a facility which

How can a facility which burns a large amount of tires be called a "biomass facility?"

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 03/08/12 - 09:18 am
Let me use this thread to

Let me use this thread to make a plea. Please don't buy those bag mulches at the big box stores for your gardening this year. Instead, look for the local places that grind up trees around here for mulch. There is one on Gordon Hwy. (I think they call it Shearwood), and one on Washington Rd. on the way to Pollard's Corner (Mulch Man), and I'm sure there are some more around.

The worst offender is the bagged cypress mulch. They are destroying square mile after square mile of virgin cypress forest in Mississippi and Louisiana to bag that mulch; and the process is unsustainable. Instead, buy your mulch locally from pine trees that are cut down for subdivision development.

Thank you.

carcraft 03/08/12 - 10:02 am
Little Lamb, the Richmond

Little Lamb, the Richmond county land fill also sells mulch produced from yard waste left at the curb.

Rob Pavey 03/09/12 - 10:32 am
I agree with LL - the highest

I agree with LL - the highest and best use for a cypress tree is right where God put them: stabilizing soil and providing shade and wildlife habitat in our vanishing southeastern swamps.

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