GESS International Breaks Ground on New Biomass Plants in Union and Wilson Counties

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GESS plays leading role in several states in converting waste to energy

GESS International joined economic development officials, local farmers and community leaders in November to break ground on two new biomass plants. The first, on Nov. 8, marked the start of work at the Wilson County Green Energy Biogas Park in Stantonsburg NC; the second, on Nov. 14, at the Union County Green Energy Biogas Park in Monroe, NC.

During remarks, GESS and other speakers highlighted the growing role of bioenergy in North Carolina.

Positive Impacts of Turning Waste into Energy

Both biogas production plants are expected to start construction in Q1 of 2019 and become fully operational by Q3 of 2020. GESS’s biogas plant developments represent an investment of approximately $33 million in each community.

The plants are expected to utilize 160,000 tons of swine waste and 80,000 tons of green biomass, producing 500,000 MMBtu of renewable natural gas annually; the biomass production is the energy equivalent of powering 6,800 homes. Each plant will also help create 16 new full-time jobs in the community.

Said GESS’s Representative Seth Daughety, “GESS is developing biogas projects that are inclusive of local communities by creating a new waste-to-energy revenue stream for farmers. Along this journey, we will pay area farmers for their waste product and provide good jobs, while also helping mitigate the environmental issues associated with hog farming. We look forward to contributing to North Carolina’s bright future.”

Olga Bryzhan, Director of GESS, noted, “Investing in renewable energy projects provides opportunities, simultaneously generating significant financial returns and mitigating or addressing societal and environmental challenges.”

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About GESS International

GESS is a highly experienced and globally established renewable energy services company. With over 350 completed projects worldwide, GESS, Inc. has over 21 years of expertise in providing energy-efficient solutions using co-generation and renewable energy resources such as solar and biogas. From consulting to managing operations of our completed projects, GESS, Inc. offers design and implementation solutions with direct economic impact for its’ customers and their communities.

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