GESS announces US$240 million worth of biogas projects in Idaho
In the United States (US), renewable energy services company Green Energy Sustainable Solutions, Inc. (GESS) has announced a US$240 million investment in Cassia County, Idaho. The company will build six anaerobic digester (AD) facilities near Burley, Idaho, totaling US$40 million for each digester and making it a part of the company’s first tranche biogas plants in the United States.
The anaerobic digester facilities will utilize 170 000 tons of dairy cattle manure and 80 000 tons of agricultural residues per plant from area farmers to produce 550 000 MMbtu worth of renewable natural gas (RNG). GESS plans to begin construction in late 2019 and begin operations by late 2020. The biogas plants will be located on several dairy cattle feedlots in Cassia County, Idaho.
GESS is excited to be a part of the welcoming community of Southern Idaho. These biogas projects create a new revenue stream for area farmers, reduce the environmental impacts associated with the agricultural industry, while also producing renewable energy that will reduce our fossil fuel use, and create economic development for a wonderful area of Idaho. There is plenty of opportunity for these types of projects in such a cattle-rich area and we look forward to working in Cassia County, said Seth Daughety, Grant Coordinator at GESS.
The project will bring nearly 100 jobs to the region, a minimum of 16 new full-time jobs per plant. The jobs will include truck drivers, transportation managers, inventory managers, mechanical engineers, plant managers, and plant laborers. The biogas plants will operate 24/7, 365 days a year.
With our strong dairy and cattle industry and commitment to sustainability, GESS International is a great fit for our region. We are thrilled to see this technology come to Southern Idaho, especially with a company like GESS that is bringing high-quality jobs for our workforce and investing in our community said Connie Stopher, Executive Director of Southern Idaho Economic Development.
Southern Idaho Economic Development is a joint venture of public and private sectors throughout the Magic Valley, formed to help diversify and strengthen the local economy by retaining and attracting business to the Southern Idaho region.