LETHBRIDGE COUNTY: Construction gear roared to life Friday at the site of a new biogas plant in the County of Lethbridge. Company representatives, a local government spokesperson and the area's business group were all there to herald the project, which was 10 years in the making.
"The development of the project has gotten better and better as we go," said Thane Hurlburt, the president of ECB Enviro North American Inc., one of the companies involved with the project. "So I'm an avid believer that all things happen when they should. And this plant, this time, this location is right."
When it opens in January 2013, it will produce enough power to light 2500 homes. It does this in a special way - by converting organic waste from livestock, industry, restaurants and schools, keeping it out of landfill and offsetting the carbon dioxide equivalent of more than 45,000 tonnes.
"Southern Alberta is a perfect location for them to be doing this," said Cheryl Dick, the chair of Economic Development Lethbridge. "And I have a lot of faith that they'll be able to make this into a demonstration project as part of the western Canadian renewable energy efforts."
Dick added the benefits reach beyond just the environmental impact. The company is set to spend about $30 million in the community, and will employ 10 people.