Groundbreaking event marks start of new biomass heat plant project
On 11 May the US Department of Energy (DoE) Savannah River Operations Office (SR) and Ameresco held a ceremonial groundbreaking for construction of a new biomass heating plant project at DoE's Savannah River Site (SRS).
The event will mark the start of phase two to the original energy savings performance contract (ESPC) to increase critical steam security and provide additional green power to SRS.
The modification is a subsequent phase to the task order executed in 2009 for the 20MW biomass cogeneration facility that Ameresco constructed, operates and maintains at SRS. For phase two, Ameresco will build a second biomass heating plant with a new boiler, fuel yard, truck tipper and additional plant auxiliaries within the existing 35-acre Ameresco site at SRS. Construction is scheduled to begin in June 2015, with expected operations starting next year.