SRE plans to kick off construction within weeks of US$46M woody biomass power plant in Harleyville, South Carolina

LOS ANGELES , December 26, 2011 () –

Southeast Renewable Energy LLC (SRE) is expected to start construction in the next few weeks on a wood-fueled, US$46 million power plant in Harleyville, South Carolina, The Sun News reported Dec. 26.

The bioenergy facility will be located within a mile of Harleyville in Dorchester County, burn only logging debris, and provide about 20 jobs, according to the article carried in MyrtleBeachOnline.com.

SRE expects to complete the 15-megawatt plant in late 2012, according a May 5 press release from the South Carolina Dept. Of Commerce.

South Carolina utility Santee Cooper, based in Moncks Corner, will purchase the power, closing two smaller, coal-burning power plants, reported The Sun News.

The Harleyville plant will burn 288,000 tons a year of logging residue. The state generates about 20 million tons/year from logging operations, said SRE president Raine Cotton.

The county has given the Harleyville biomass plant of Roswell, Georgia-based SRE a fee-in-lieu-of taxes incentive, The Sun News reported.

County Council Chairman Larry Hargett supported an agreement for the SRE power plant to burn the county's virgin wood residue for fuel, saying he expects it will save the county about $300,00 a year.

The Coastal Conservation League is challenging the SRE facility's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) exemption from limits on carbon dioxide generation, The Sun News reported.

The environmental group wrote the state to support construction of an SRE plant being built in Allendale instead, calling for “small-scale sustainable biomass facilities.”

The primary source of this article is The Sun News, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Dec. 26, 2011.

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