Virginia biomass project receives $90 million

By Anna Austin | October 17, 2011

The Northern Virginia Power Cooperative has received a $90 million loan from the USDA Rural Utilities Service to help build a biomass power plant near South Boston in southern Virginia.

The loan is part of Obama’s American Jobs Act, as about 300-400 workers will be needed throughout construction of the plant, and about 40 full-time positions will be required to operate the finished facility.

The 49.9-megawatt plant is being developed jointly by Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC) and Michigan-based energy services company Novi Energy. It will be powered with wood waste from logging operations within a 75-mile radius of the plant, and will not require the use of clean water from the local water authority as it will be cooled with grey water from a nearby wastewater treatment facility in a closed loop system.

Mike Curtis of NOVEC public relations said the total cost of the plant is expected to be about $180 million. Construction is underway, according to Curtis, and it is scheduled for completion before the end of 2013.

NOVEC said the plant will provide approximately 6 percent of the cooperative's future power needs for the years 2014 through 2030.


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  1. Kevin Bibb



    The Fagen Inc., Bibb Engineers EPC Team is honored to implement our wealth of Biomass Renewable Energy experience while working with such professional owners as Novi Energy and Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative to successfully bring the South Boston, VA Community a much needed Renewable Energy Power Project on schedule, within budget and of the same or better quality standards these two orginations have long been known for. We thank you for the opportunity to better your community.


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