The construction of one of the largest biomass facilities in the country has been approved for Savannah River Site and will begin in about three months, a news release stated today.
The U.S. Department of Energy is tasking Ameresco Federal Solutions, Inc., of Knoxville, Tenn., with the $795 million project, which will replace a deteriorating, inefficient coal powerhouse and oil-fire boilers at an estimated savings of $34 million a year in energy and operation and maintenance costs, according to the release. The project also is designed to reduce air emissions including about 100,000 tons per year of greenhouse gases.
The effort will create 200 to 250 construction jobs and employ about 20 people to operate the facility, with payments to a contractor not starting until energy savings are realized, the release states. The facility is expected to be in operation by December 2011.