GESS breaks ground on two new biogas plants in North Carolina
In the United States (US), renewable energy services company Green Energy Sustainable Solutions, Inc. (GESS) joined economic development officials, local farmers and community leaders in November to break ground on two new biogas plants in North Carolina (NC). Both biogas production plants, located Stantonsburg and Monroe respectively are expected to start construction in Q1 of 2019 and become fully operational by Q3 of 2020.
The first ceremony was held on November 8, and marked the start of work at the Wilson County Green Energy Biogas Park in Stantonsburg NC and the second was held on November 14, at the Union County Green Energy Biogas Park in Monroe, NC.
During remarks, GESS and other speakers highlighted the growing role of bioenergy in North Carolina. The biogas plant developments represent an investment of approximately US$33 million in each community.
Investing in renewable energy projects provides opportunities, simultaneously generating significant financial returns and mitigating or addressing societal and environmental challenges, said Olga Bryzhan, Director of GESS.
The plants are expected to utilize 160 000 tons of swine waste and 80 000 tons of green biomass, producing 500 000 MMBtu of renewable natural gas annually; the biomass production is the energy equivalent of powering 6 800 homes. Each plant will also help create 16 new full-time jobs in the community.
GESS is developing biogas projects that are inclusive of local communities by creating a new waste-to-energy revenue stream for farmers. Along this journey, we will pay area farmers for their waste product and provide good jobs, while also helping mitigate the environmental issues associated with hog farming. We look forward to contributing to North Carolina’s bright future, said Seth Daughety, GESS.