Blue Sphere ready to break ground on biogas-fueled power project in Rhode Island

Blue Sphere Corp. (OTCQB: BLSP) announced May 21 that on May 28 it plans to be break ground on a waste-to-energy project in Johnston, Rhode Island.

“We welcome Blue Sphere Corp. to the Town of Johnston, and we are appreciative of the fact that they have put their faith and trust into our community,” said Joseph M. Polisena, the Mayor of Johnston, who will be speaking at the groundbreaking event.

The Blue Sphere facility will produce 3.2 MW from uneaten food that would normally end up in local landfills. That electricity will then be sold to NG to provide power to local homes and businesses. This project is a joint venture with an affiliate of York Capital Management to develop, construct and operate a 3.2-MW biogas generation facility under the management of Entropy Investment Management. Blue Sphere plans for this project to be up and operational by the end of 2015.

“This facility is the ultimate landfill because we take waste in the front end and nothing coming out. There’s no smell, just electricity and compost,” said Blue Sphere CEO Shlomi Palas.

Orbit Energy Inc., based in Raleigh, N.C., co-developed the project. Blue Sphere has made arrangements for the inclusion of two of Orbit’s high solid anaerobic digester units to work in parallel with the digesters of Austep S.p.A., the project’s EPC contractor, subject to the fulfillment of certain conditions.

DiPrete Engineering, a locally based firm, led the state and local permitting for the Johnston project. This project is the first of its kind for Rhode Island and required collaboration with state and local agencies to navigate through regulatory challenges as quickly and efficiently as possible. Sage Environmental, a locally based firm, worked alongside DiPrete to secure air and wastewater permits for the facility.

Blue Sphere has committed to compiling a team of locally based consultants and contractors. The project team includes other local such as A-Z Corp., Pare Corp. and Douglas Construction.

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