SERE progresses with biomass power

Established in 2000 as an ethanol producer, Alabama, US-based Southeast Renewable Energy (SERE) is now developing three biomass power plants for the state of South Carolina.

All are set to be completed by the end of 2012, with two sites already chosen and the third site yet to be determined. One will be built in Dorchester County, while the other is planned for Kershaw County.

Each facility will cost $50 million (€37.27 million) to construct, generating 15MW from waste wood. 20 jobs will also be created at each facility.

According to Raine Cotton, CEO at SERE, the specific site locations could be determined within a fortnight, with construction planned to begin in December this year.

The three biomass refineries are SERE’s first venture into renewable energy and the company is already making plans that could see a further two plants built in the states of Alabama and Georgia.

Energy producer and distributor Santee Cooper will purchase power from the Dorchester County-based plant.

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