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PGP goes online in November

By Walter Geiger The huge Piedmont Green Power plant in Legacy Park is transitioning from construction to operational mode and should be online and providing electrical power by November. John Campbell of Rollcast Energy, PGP’s parent company, reports the construction workforce at the site, which topped out at over 350, is now down to 180. Twenty-two of those are full time plant operations personnel who have been hired for permanent positions. In recent weeks, steam has been generated at the plant, a 54 megawatt facility which will generate electricity by burning waste wood products. Wood fuel deliveries to the site have begun to supply the plant during its testing phase and build inventory for commercial operation upon startup. The need for fuel supplies is expected to create over 100 additional jobs in the area. Georgia Power has contracted to buy the electricity generated at the plant. Missy Kendrick, executive director of the Barnesville-Lamar County Industrial Development Authority, noted PGP did not receive any tax abatements and will go on the tax rolls at its full value of over $160 million. This will generate much needed tax revenue for Lamar County and its municipalities in lean times. A grand opening at the plant is set for early next year, Kendrick added.

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