What is in this article?:
- South Carolina announces landmark energy project
- Turn waste into resource
• The 180-kilowatt Burrows Hall Renewable Energy Facility, a true public-private partnership with many benefits across the state, is expected to begin generating renewable energy for the grid early this summer — enough power for approximately 90 average South Carolina homes.
• The announcement comes four years after Duffy Connolly, owner of Burrows Hall Farm, approached Santee Cooper with an idea of building an anaerobic digester that could capture methane gas, naturally produced on his hog farm, and turn that methane into a fuel source for electricity.
Turn waste into resource
“This project is an excellent example of how we can take something that we consider waste today, and turn it into a valuable resource," Robert Leitner, director of the Institute for Energy Studies, said. "Numerous other opportunities abound in the state, including both solid wastes and waste heat from our power plants, factories and cars. SCIES is committed to turning these unused waste streams into low-cost, reliable sources of power.”
Connolly said: “We are very excited about this project and look forward to integrating it into our operation. It is our hope and expectation that this new facility will provide us with one more tool to help enhance our farm’s operation as we continue our efforts to become more efficient and environmentally friendly.”
“Santee Cooper is South Carolina’s renewable energy leader, with 197 megawatts of renewable generation already online or under contract to come online in the next couple of years,” said Marc Tye, Santee Cooper’s vice-president of conservation and renewable energy. “Our electricity includes power generated from landfill biogas, forest-waste biomass, solar and wind, and now we can add agricultural biogas to the lineup.”
Dennis Shanklin, CEO of Environmental Fabrics Inc. is “pleased to be bringing our expertise and experience with digesters to our home state. This project is a first in the Southeast, but with the collaboration of those involved and progression to environmental awareness in the political arena, we look forward to similar opportunities in the future to benefit our state.”