NOVI Energy is the project developer for The South Boston Energy Project (SBE), a 49.9 megawatt (gross) woody biomass-fueled, electric generation project to be constructed on a 104-acre site in South Boston, Virginia. The project will obtain all its fuel needs from the local forest products industry as waste wood from regional timbering operations and manufacturing at mills. Construction is underway, and the plant is projected to be in operation by mid-2013. Economic benefits from the project include 300-400 construction jobs, 30-35 full-time plant-operating staff jobs, local property taxes, and the purchase of goods and services within the local community.
SBE will process as much as 600,000 tons of waste wood annually into renewable electric energy. An independent fuel study was completed, with the results indicating an abundance of waste wood available within a 75-mile radius of the facility from both regional logging operations and manufacturing facilities associated with the forest products industry.
Power from the project will be placed into the regional transmission system at the local Dominion Virginia Power substation or nearby transmission lines and will be purchased for use by the customer-owners of Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC).