GESS International breaks ground on North Carolina biogas plants

By GESS International | November 20, 2018

GESS International joined economic development officials, local farmers and community leaders in November to break ground on two new biomass plants. The first, on Nov. 8, marked the start of work at the Wilson County Green Energy Biogas Park in Stantonsburg, North Carolina; the second, on Nov. 14, at the Union County Green Energy Biogas Park in Monroe, North Carolina.

During remarks, GESS and other speakers highlighted the growing role of bioenergy in North Carolina.

Both biogas production plants are expected to start construction in Q1 of 2019 and become fully operational by Q3 of 2020. GESS’s biogas plant developments represent an investment of approximately $33 million in each community.

The plants are expected to utilize 160,000 tons of swine waste and 80,000 tons of green biomass, producing 500,000 MMBtu of renewable natural gas annually; the biomass production is the energy equivalent of powering 6,800 homes. Each plant will also help create 16 new full-time jobs in the community.

 “GESS is developing biogas projects that are inclusive of local communities by creating a new waste-to-energy revenue stream for farmers, said GESS Representative Seth Daughety. “Along this journey, we will pay area farmers for their waste product and provide good jobs, while also helping mitigate the environmental issues associated with hog farming. We look forward to contributing to North Carolina’s bright future.”

Olga Bryzhan, director of GESS, noted, “Investing in renewable energy projects provides opportunities, simultaneously generating significant financial returns and mitigating or addressing societal and environmental challenges.”