Biomass Plant Joins California Energy Company

[] DG Energy Solutions of California has purchased the 18 MW biomass power plant in Fairhaven, California, from Fairhaven Power. The local utility is now a subsidiary of DG Energy. The plant is fueled by wood waste that includes bark, sawdust, wood chips and wood shavings obtained from the region’s sawmills, and DG Energy has plans for $2 million to $3 million in environmental upgrades at the facility and upgrades to improve the plant’s reliability. Over the past 18 years, the Farihaven plant has consistently generated 120 million kWh per year, and incinerated some 260,000 tons per year of wood waste. All of the power is sold to Pacific Gas and Electric under a long-term power purchase agreement. Mueller said he expects that DG Energy will build or acquire four to five additional biomass plants throughout the United States over the next two years.