The largest utility-scale biogas plant in the United States breaks ground near Warsaw. Jared Brumbaugh has more.
The $100 million dollar facility will convert methane gas from hog waste lagoons into clean energy, capable of generating approximately 290,000 MWH of electricity per year, enough to power 32,000 homes annually. The electricity will be purchased by Duke Energy and sent to nearby power plants. Spokesman Randy Wheeless.
“Duke Energy has a mandate that by 2021, .2% of its power comes from swine waste. This is going to be one of the largest facilities in the nation and it’s going to help us meet that mandate.”
Carbon Cycle Energy of Boulder, Co. is constructing the plant on 32 acres in Duplin County, which has the highest concentration of hog farms in the world- totaling over 530 hog operations. Construction on the biogas facility should be complete in late 2017.