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Valdosta biomass plant fueled by wastewater

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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - A new biomass 40 megawatt power plant in Valdosta will be fueled by a nearby wastewater treatment plant.     

Wiregrass Electric Generating facility is scheduled to break ground on the new power plant next year. It'll be developed on 22-acres next to the Mud Creek Wastewater Plant.

Mud Creek will provide the plant with reclaimed water as a cooling source.  Wood chips and sludge from mudcreek will also power the plant.     

 "They're going to burn that instead of us sending it to the landfill where it would just sit in the landfill, said Jason Scarpate, City of Valdosta Assistant Director of Utilities. "We pay a fee to send it to the land fill and we won't have a fee sending it to this new location."  

Scarpate says thousands of dollars will be saved by not sending the solids to the landfill. Revenue could also be made from selling the reclaimed water to the plant.

Power generated by the plant will be sold to the Georgia utility companies.  It is expected to be on line in 2012.

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