A Combined Energy, Heat and Food Facility for Vermont
The design will feature state-of-the-art technology that minimizes emissions, maximizes efficiency, and gives Vermont a new model for a combined energy, heat and food facility.
It will create hundreds of much needed jobs in Rutland County, revitalize the working forest economy and inject tens of millions of dollars annually into the community through taxes, wages and business activity.
Local Energy: Clean, Renewable Biomass Power Production
The Fair Haven Project is a proposed 29.5 megawatt woody biomass power plant. It will produce electricity fueled by locally harvested wood, with an unmatched design and efficiency process that will produce the most electricity possible from the wood resource. It will be one of the most technology advanced and environmentally friendly biomass plant the U.S.
The wood fuel supply will be tree tops, branches, bark and excess wood that is now often unused when wood is harvested for paper, lumber, or pellets. Most of the wood will come from within 50 miles of the plant. Experienced foresters will work to protect forest health, half of this available wood supply would be left on the forest floor to help soil and animal habitat grow.
The renewable wood resources used to fuel the plant largely would be different than the wood resources typically used to heat buildings, make paper or wood products ensuring there is no competition for wood between these different uses.
Local Heat: Clean, Wood Pellet Production
Powered by some of the heat and steam produced in the biomass electricity plant, the Fair Haven Project will make high quality wood pellets.
Pellet manufacturing involves drying and processing wood into clean, efficient burning pellets.
We plan to make 110,000 tons of clean energy wood pellets each year, which is enough to heat 27,000 homes.
Local Food: A Year-Round Fair Haven Food Farm
The Energy Center will generate heat ideal for a large-scale greenhouse and other local food
The production facility would be a perfect backdrop for food systems educational programming for local public schools and colleges.