Nine million dollars from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) State Energy Program is being awarded for 14 biomass and waste-to-energy projects. These grants will support $80 million in private investments, statewide. The Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy administers the ARRA funds for energy related projects.
The Biomass Energy Grant Program will provide incentives to businesses and governments to take actions to diversify the state’s energy supply sources, reduce dependence on foreign oil, and mitigate the effects of climate change. The use of waste materials from logging, manufacturing, agricultural, or municipal operations, as well as energy crops or other biomass fuels and residuals can provide a significant economic benefit to the Commonwealth. Besides displacement of traditional fuels, reduction of wastes disposal costs and other environmental impacts, and provision of additional revenue crops for farmers, demonstration of successful alternative energy technologies can encourage their future consideration by others and demonstrate cost effectiveness to ease access to capital.
The Biomass Energy Grant Program awardees are:
- Cephas Industries, Inc., of Richmond, will receive $500,000 (of a $2.3 million project) to develop an operation for converting construction and demolition wastes-to-fuel, supporting 35 staff persons.
- Christiansburg Water Treatment Facility, will receive $336,550, (of a $486,550 project) to process methane gas from water treatment operations, to generate heat and power and will save the Town $32,000 per year in electricity costs.
- Community Energy Independence, will receive $827,102 (of a $50 million project) to complete the engineering, permitting, and project development for a landfill gasification project at the Corral Farm Landfill, near Warrenton, in Fauquier County.
- Dairy Energy, Inc., the state’s 3rd largest dairy farm milking 1,000 dairy cows, will receive $1million to install the state’s first commercially-sized dairy anaerobic digester project, in Chatham.
- Environmental Solutions, Inc., of the Chesterfield County Sustainability Park, will receive $500,000 (of a $2.4 million project), to expand a biomass fuel production and fiber utilization operation, creating 25 jobs.
- Wood Fuel Developers, will receive $1 million (of a $15.9 million project) to create the Greensville Wood Pellets production facility, in Greensville County, creating 39 jobs.
- Martinsville Sanitary Landfill, will receive $1 million (of a $3.4 million project) to utilize landfill gas to generate 1.5 MW of electricity, to meet approximately 3.5% of the City’s annual need, and create 3 jobs.
- Piedmont Geriatric Hospital, in Burkesville, Nottoway County, will receive $700,000, (of a $1.7 million project) to support the fuel handling system, boiler controls, and fuel storage facility for biomass boiler project at the hospital.
- Red Birch Energy, Inc., of Bassett, Virginia, will receive $750,000 (of a $1.2 million project), to utilize glycerin, a waste-product of their biodiesel production process, to power a microturbine to generate electricity.
- Western Virginia Water Authority, will receive $500,000 to install a combined heat and power generation system at the Roanoke Regional Water Pollution Control Plant, in the City of Roanoke, beneficially utilizing excess biogas produced in the anaerobic sludge digestion process. This project will use the heat from the CHP process to heat and cool the buildings at the facility and generate 8 million kilowatt hours per year, offsetting 40% of the facility’s power needs, and resulting in 8 construction jobs and 2 permanent full-time staff positions.
- Rockingham Regional Hospital, in Harrisonburg, will receive $583,848 (of a $876,168 project) to install or retrofit 3 boilers to heat and provide hot water at the main hospital and Women’s Health Center, all to be fueled by methane gas generated by the nearby landfill. This project should result in $250,000 per year in energy savings.
- Toigo’s King George Greenhouse, will receive $1 million (of $19.1 million project), to install a heat recovery steam generator at the King George Landfill and pipe the steam to heat the greenhouse. This project will avoid use of 430,000 gallons of heating oil and create over 100 full-time jobs.
- Wise Correctional Unit 18, in Coeburn, Virginia, will receive $60,000 (of an $83,000 project) for the installation of an 800,000 btu biomass boiler which will provide heat for 2 greenhouses, and VDOT offices and garage. The wood chips to fuel the boiler will come from VDOT right-of-way clearings and from prunings of an on-site orchard at the Correctional Unit. Offender labor will be used to build and operate this facility.
- Women’s Correctional Center, in Goochland County, in Goochland County, will receive $942,500 (of a $1.1 million project), to install biomass boilers and upgrades, converting 2 boilers to be co-fueled with biomass and coal and 1 boiler to burn biodiesel. Use of biomass in these boilers will stimulate the wood fuels market in Virginia, and is projected to save $495,000, annually, over use of traditional fuels.
- Ag-Renewable Resources, LLC, in Cumberland County, will receive $300,000 (of a $7.8 million project), to construct a first of its kind in Virginia anaerobic digester to use poultry waste to generate methane and generate 1.1 megawatt of electricity. The project will also produce 14 metric tons per day of treated solids that can be used for agricultural fertilizer. The project will result in new construction jobs and two permanent, full-time jobs to run the facility.
For the purposes of this Program, “Biomass” means a power source that is comprised of, but not limited to, combustible residues or gases from forest products, manufacturing, agricultural and orchard crops, waste products from livestock and poultry operations and food processing, urban wood wastes, municipal solid waste, municipal liquid waste treatment operations, and landfill gas.
For more information about the Biomass Energy Grant Program, please contact Robin Jones, 804-692-3224 or firstname.lastname@example.org