The project also qualifies for an investment tax credit of about $14 million and a $3.9 million state energy efficiency rebate.
The plant gets praise not only for producing electricity from waste, but also for producing it on-site, avoiding the electricity losses from transmission.
The next goal: producing all the plant’s electricity needs, to create a net-zero facility.
The beauty of it, in Kohl’s view, is that the plant’s core mission — “to treat (wastewater) and discharge high quality effluent and cost-effectively use the solids” — isn’t compromised by the newbie operation.
Capturing waste methane and putting it to work, Kohl added, is “a bonus.”
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