Nuclear clean-up site now powered by clean energy
The Savannah River Site, a government-owned project largely responsible for cleaning up old nuclear sites, announced on Monday, March 12, that it has completed a major new biomass plant.
The new power plant sits on a 34-acre site, replacing an old coal- and oil-fired generator, and should provide the site with around 20 megawatts of renewable electricity, burning waste wood from the surrounding forests and shredded tires.
While that may not sound all that appealing, it should reduce greenhouse gas emissions by around 100,000 tons, all while providing about 30 percent of the site's electricity needs from clean energy. On top of this, the waste heat from the new power plant will be used for regular heating, improving the efficiency of the site and saving around $944 million.
"Projects like the SRS biomass facility are helping to deliver energy efficiency savings that benefit both taxpayers and the environment," Under Secretary of Energy Thomas D'Agostino said in a statement. "Hundreds of people were put to work building this new facility that will save money, dramatically reduce emissions at the Savannah River Site, and help the Department to achieve our energy saving goals."