Green Energy Partners wins support of DeKalb County with agreement to issue US$53M in bonds for proposed US$60M wood-based energy facility in Lithonia, Georgia

Audrey Dixon

Audrey Dixon

Feb 28, 2012 – Industry Intelligence

LOS ANGELES , February 27, 2012 () –

Georgia's DeKalb Development Authority agreed to issue US$53 million in bonds to support a $60 million wood-fueled biomass energy plant that Green Energy Partners Llc proposes to locate near Lithonia, Georgia, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Feb. 26.

The bond issue helps move along the proposed biomass gasification facility but the project remains controversial in the community. A group of residents has launched a lawsuit against the county for its approval of the facility.

The next step is for Green Energy Partners to obtain a construction permit from the state Environmental Protection Division, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

DeKalb County approved the biomass plant last July. The previous year, the county had contracted with Green Energy Partners to sell 40,000 tons/year of woodchips to the biomass company.

The residents group opposing the plant have alleged the woodchip contract made the county's approval of the biomass plant invalid, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Landrum, South Carolina-based Green Energy Partners plans to sell the energy produced to Georgia Power.

The primary source of this article is The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta, Georgia, on Feb. 26, 2012.

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