"This is another milestone," Stuart-Paul said Monday by phone. "We're thrilled about it, and we're full speed ahead."
Once constructed, the 144,000-square-foot plant will convert trash from more than 115 communities into biogas, a fuel made from fermented from organic materials. The expected opening date is early 2018.
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A public hearing about Fiberight's application was held in February. The group's proposed garbage-to-energy facility will feature technology from Fiberight that reuses organic materials in trash to make biofuels after the glass, metals, papers and plastics are removed to be sold on the commodities market. The group also plans to use the fibrous material left over from the distilling process to make fuel pellets that can be used for heating. Biofuels are similar to natural gas.
Over the first 15 years of operations, the plant is expected to reduce costs by an estimated
"[An estimated] 300,000 tons will be recovered that are not currently being recycled, but are being burned or placed in landfills by PERC," the announcement states.
The 115 towns send their trash to
The MRC and Fiberight entered a partnership to build the
Competitor PERC, along with its majority owner,
"The time for PERC … to file an appeal to the state Supreme Court expired on Wednesday, so our permits are now final," Stuart-Paul said in a late Friday email.
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