Groundbreaking Event Marks Start of New Biomass Heating Plant Project at SRS

2nd heating plant will provide additional steam security to SRS and green power generation

AIKEN, S.C. and FRAMINGHAM, MA (May 6) – On Monday, May 11, 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Savannah River Operations Office (SR) and Ameresco, Inc. (NYSE:AMRC) will hold a ceremonial groundbreaking for construction of a new Biomass Heating Plant project at DOE’s Savannah River Site (SRS). Monday’s 2:30 PM event will mark the start of Phase II to the original Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) to increase critical steam security and provide additional green power to SRS.

The modification is a subsequent phase to the task order executed in 2009 for the 20 megawatt (MW) biomass cogeneration facility that Ameresco constructed, operates and maintains at SRS. For Phase II, Ameresco will construct a 2nd biomass heating plant with a new boiler, fuel yard, truck tipper and additional plant auxiliaries within the existing 35-acre Ameresco site at SRS. Construction is scheduled to begin in June 2015, with expected operations starting Spring 2016.

U.S. Representative Joe Wilson (R-SC); Dr. David Moody, DOE-SR Manager; and George Sakellaris, Ameresco President and Chief Executive Officer, will participate in the groundbreaking ceremony.

Media are invited to attend the event and should contact Julie Petersen (via secure registration line) at (803) 952-7690 or julie.petersen@srs.gov by COB, Thursday, May 7, with the following information for Site badging: full name; news organization affiliation; home address; social security number; and confirmation of U.S. citizenship.

For Monday, May 11, 2015:

  • Please arrive at the SRS Visitor Control Center (Bldg. 703-46A) by 1:00 PM for badging and transportation to the groundbreaking site.
  • Bring two forms of acceptable identification, one of which must be a state-issued identification bearing a photograph.
  • The event is expected to conclude at 4:00 PM.

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Contacts: 

Ameresco: CarolAnn Hibbard, 508-661-2264, news@ameresco.com