A biomass combined heat and power plant set to serve three separate entities is expected to be in full production this summer in Albany, Georgia.

The plant is sited adjacent to Albany, USA’s Procter and Gamble manufacturing centre and is being built at a cost of $200 million.

When completed, the 50-megawatt cogeneration biomass facility will produce energy for Georgia Power, steam for Procter and Gamble and steam that will be converted to energy for Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany.
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“The project is in its final stages of completion,” Brenden Quinlivan, executive director of distributed energy origination for Constellation, the energy company that will operate the facility once it’s finished; told the Albany Herald. “There’s going to be a defined testing period, both for the power and the steam that the project will generate, and that will take its own course over, let’s call it, the next 90 days.”

The biomass plant will be an important part of Procter and Gamble’s commitment to reduce its global footprint by increasing its use of renewable energy.

P&G Global Product Supply Systems Leader James McCall said, “P&G has a long-term goal to be 100 percent renewable across all of our manufacturing sites. In the short-term, though, we’ve made a commitment to be 30 percent renewable by 2020, which is significant because it’s both on our electrical and our thermal energy.”

“So to make sure we can be 30 percent renewable by 2020, we needed to be able to do both small, on-site projects around the world and then also make some really big bets. Albany is one of our really big bets.”