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Massive ramps lifted tractor-trailer rigs packed with wood wastes high in the sky and lowered the contents to use as fuel at the new South Boston Energy Plant, which will use renewable biofuels to generate power for customers of the Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative. Local officials and company representatives on Tuesday celebrated the ribbon cutting with a demonstration of the unloading capabilities at the 49.95 megawatt facility. Taking part in the ceremonial ribbon cutting for the new facility (below) were Mike Davis, Halifax County Biomass procurement manager; Wilbur Rollins, senior vice president, Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC); Stan Feuerberg, president/CEO, NOVEC; Mike Dailey, vice president, NOVEC; Anand Gangadharan, president, NOVI Energy and Jim Cook Sr., advisor, NOVI Energy. (David Conner II photos)
SoVaNow.com / March 14, 2013



The first loads of wood waste were delivered in grand style Tuesday at the new South Boston Energy power plant, located on the former Georgia Pacific plant site on Plywood Road on the eastern side of South Boston.

Taking part in the ceremonial ribbon cutting for the new facility on Tuesday, were Mike Davis, Halifax County Biomass Procurement Manager; Wilbur Rollins, senior vice president, Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC); Stan Feuerberg, president/CEO, NOVEC; Mike Dailey, vice president, NOVEC; Anand Gangadharan, president, NOVI Energy and Jim Cook Sr. advisor, NOVI Energy.

The new wood-fired power plant will have the capacity to burn as much as 600,000 tons of wood waste annually to generate renewable electric energ. The plant will serve the requirements of the customer owners of Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative.

Currently still under construction, the plant has hired over 100 people. When completed later in the summer it will have 26 permanent employees.

Project Procurement manager Mike Davis explained that the wood waste is the fuel used to produce the power rather than coal or natural gas. He explained that the remaining wood chips from local logging operations should be no more than three inches in size.

An earlier survey showed an abundance of wood waste available within a 75 mile radius of the new facility.

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