Plains- Alternative fuels are becoming big business, and south Georgia is right in the middle of the fuel boom. An ethanol plant is planned for Tifton and Mitchell County broke ground just last month. A bio-diesel plant is under construction in Bainbridge and now Plains is getting ready to break ground on a bio-diesel plant.
Alterra Bio-Energy plans to build a 25 million gallon a year bio-diesel production plant on this property in Plains. Alterra will market a B-20 blend that can immediately go into diesel tractors and trucks. Right now, they say the market is ripe. Georgia uses approximately two billion gallons of diesel a year and only produces 10 million gallons of bio-diesel.
"We think it will benefit the whole area around, because it's going to take a good bit of crops grown by the farmers to supply it and we think they can grow at least two crops a years one soybeans and during the winter they can grow canola, so give them some cash flow all year around," said Boze Godwin, Plains Mayor.
The Plains plant will use canola and soybeans to produce the bio-diesel fuel.