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Bluesphere Begins Design Work on Organics-to-Energy Unit in North CarolinaBluesphere Begins Design Work on Organics-to-Energy Unit in North Carolina

Allan Gerlat

May 8, 2014

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Bluesphere Begins Design Work on Organics-to-Energy Unit in North Carolina

Bluesphere Corp. has begun design work on a 5.2 megawatt waste-to-energy facility in Charlotte, N.C.

The company, based in Even Yehuda, Israel, said the design and engineering work will take about two months, followed by work on site, according to a news release.

Bluesphere will develop, own and manage the organics-to-energy anaerobic digestion unit. The facility will take in food and farm waste and other organic material.

Bluesphere said a Fortune 50 company has agreed to provide $13.8 million in debt project financing for the facility, and a leading environmental finance fund will provide equity project financing of $9.1 million.

A large power company in the U.S. has a signed a long-term contract with Bluesphere to purchase electricity generated at the Charlotte plant. A large privately held composting company will purchase the compost byproduct from the facility.

The plant will begin producing power in the summer of 2015, said Bluesphere CEO Shomi Palas.

Blue Sphere is developing a second U.S. organics-to-waste facility in Rhode Island. By 2018 the company plans to have built 11 facilities, with six more under development.

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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