Georgia Power added 53.5 MW of new biomass capacity to the company’s generation portfolio. The addition of the biomass capacity is made possible through a 20-year purchase power agreement with Rollcast Energy Inc., under which Georgia Power will receive all generation output of the newly completed Piedmont Green Power plant, located in Barnesville, Ga.
The biomass power plant, which began commercial operation on April 19 after two years of construction, will provide enough electricity to power more than 35,000 homes.
The biomass generation process at Piedmont Green Power will create energy using forestry byproducts found in places such as logging areas and land clearings — materials that would otherwise end up in landfills or be left to decompose naturally.
The plant will process 500,000 tons of woody biomass annually, 100 percent of which will come from areas around the plant. The owner will retain all renewable energy credits (RECs).
Georgia Power is the largest unit of Southern Co. Georgia Power serves 2.4 million customers in all but four of Georgia’s 159 counties.