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reNews: 37.5MW biomass plant wraps up


Contractor Leidos has completed construction of the 37.5MW Plainfield biomass generation project in Plainfield, Connecticut owned by Enova Energy Group.

The $225m project reached substantial completion on 21 December 2013 under the terms of the facility’s engineer, procure, and construct contract, said Leidos.

The plant has met all conditions to qualify as an ISO New England (ISO-NE) market asset and has achieved commercial operation. The plant has also met the eligibility requirements under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for a 1603 cash grant.

The facility will use a variety of fuel sources, such as wood from construction and demolition debris, recycled wood pallets and land clearing materials. Connecticut Light & Power will purchase 80% of the power under a 15-year off-take agreement.

“The Plainfield renewable energy project is a unique power plant that creates a beneficial reuse for construction debris by turning it into energy,” said Leidos chairman and CEO John Jumper.

“We’re excited to have this important facility up and running to deliver renewable energy to the residents of Connecticut and New England for years to come.”

Leidos, which will operate the plant, said it will begin marketing efforts to sell the facility to renewable power plant investors.