A 50 MW biomass plant built by Exelon subsidiary Constellation in Albany, Georgia, is expected to begin operation this summer. The facility was built in partnership with Proctor & Gamble.
The $200 million project included collaboration with local city, county and state leaders including the Albany-Dougherty Payroll Development Authority, as well as the Georgia Public Service Commission and Georgia Power, which will purchase power at or below avoided cost from Constellation.
The facility will provide 100 percent of the steam and 60-70 percent of the total energy needed to run the adjacent P&G facility where they manufacture paper towels and toilet paper.
The plant is expected to provide 30-35 full-time jobs over the next 20 years. Fifty percent of those jobs will go to local residents, while the other 50 percent are specialized and will be filled by current Exelon Energy employees.
The plant is currently in the midst of its initial testing phase, expected to run until March 31.