Blue Sphere Corp. (OTCQB: BLSP) said Nov. 23 that the Anaerobic Digestion (AD) power generation facility that it has been developing in Charlotte, North Carolina, has received confirmation that Duke Energy has accepted a notice of commercial operations.
On Nov. 18 the Charlotte facility connected to the electrical grid with Duke Energy. The facility will now enter the mechanical completion, feedstock ramp-up and commissioning phases. These phases include the gradual intake of waste from feedstock suppliers, increasing the biogas production and renewable energy generation, commissioning the waste-water and digestate treatment systems and completing all other mechanical features needed for the plant to operate at its full capacity. This ramp-up and commissioning period will take three to four months.
This biogas-fired plant will generate 5.2 MW of renewable electricity. The energy produced by this facility will be purchased under long a term power purchase agreement (PPA) with Duke Energy. Blue Sphere owns 25% of the Charlotte project.
“I am very excited about achieving this important milestone for the facility in Charlotte. Getting to this point has not come without challenges and we have met and overcome them all. Our team of talented employees, operating partners and financial partners have worked very hard to make this project come to life and I could not be more proud. We believe that this milestone is a testament of what is to come,” said Shlomi Palas, Blue Sphere’s CEO.
Blue Sphere is a diversified independent power producer that develops, owns, and operates clean-tech, waste-to-energy facilities in the United States and abroad. The company primarily converts organic waste into electricity, but also has the ability to generate heat, natural gas and organic byproducts through various technologies. Blue Sphere is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.