HENDERSON, NV–(Marketwired – December 03, 2014) – Blue Earth, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBLU) a renewable/alternative energy and energy efficiency services company, announced today that it expects to complete its initial combined heat and power (“CHP”) energy plant in the first quarter of 2015.
The energy plant will be located at the Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (“Pilgrim’s Pride”) poultry protein processing facility located in Sumter, South Carolina. Pilgrim’s Pride is a subsidiary of JBS USA Holdings, Inc. Blue Earth will own and operate the approximate $5.3 million energy plant.
This initial energy plant was scheduled to be in operation by September 30, 2014, as the modular generator was delivered in August. However, completion of the power plant was delayed due to the unexpected delay in delivery of two important pieces of equipment.
Blue Earth’s, Sumter, South Carolina, co-generation energy facility will utilize methane made from Pilgrim’s Pride’s digester for useful purposes such as hot water, electricity generation, as well as useable gas that can be used in the plant boilers. Insulated hot water storage tanks will also be part of the project to upgrade the current thermal system. Currently the methane is flared off into the environment. This system supports the sustainability efforts of Pilgrim’s Pride. All electrical energy generated by the co-generation facility will be sold to Duke Energy under a power purchase agreement.
Rob Potts, COO of Blue Earth, Inc., stated, “We are pleased that our initial CHP energy plant is expected to be in operation during the first quarter of 2015. The Pilgrim’s Pride, Sumter energy plant is expected to be a showcase facility for our customer, project financing sources and other potential customers.”
About JBS USA Holdings, Inc
Pilgrim’s Pride is one of the largest chicken-producing companies in the world and is publicly listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker PPC. JBS USA Holdings, Inc. owns a controlling interest in Pilgrim’s Pride, and is a subsidiary of the publicly-listed, Brazilian company, JBS S.A., which is listed on the Sao Paulo Stock Exchange, in the Novo Mercado segment, under the ticker JBSS3.
BBLU is engaged in the clean technology industry with a primary focus on the energy efficiency and renewable energy sectors. We strive to participate in the global movement for a sustainable planet by offering products and services intended to optimize energy use, reduce harmful environmental emissions and substantially reduce energy costs to our customers. For more information about Blue Earth, Inc., please visit www.blueearthinc.com.