The City of Lebanon was awarded a $250,000 Clean Tennessee Energy grant - the maximum grant amount - to help implement the planned waste-to-energy biomass gasification project at the city's wastewater treatment plant.
Plans call for the project to utilize existing wood waste, wastewater treatment plant sludge and discarded tires as fuel to produce renewable energy. The city expects to save $341,180 each year or $8.5 million during the project's 25-year operating life. The project is also forecast to significantly reduce emissions, including nearly 2,750 tons of carbon dioxide. In addition to the reductions in emissions, the gasification system will generate 748,880 kWh. Project supporters include Wilson County, LoJac, Nutro and Bane The grant requires a match from the City of Lebanon.
In all, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) awarded more than $3.1 million to fund energy efficiency projects for local governments and municipalities, utilities and state entities across Tennessee. The grant program provides financial assistance to eligible entities in the state to purchase, install and construct environmental mitigation projects.
"Clean Tennessee Energy grants fund projects that help our communities become more energy efficient while providing long-term cost savings for taxpayers," Gov. Bill Haslam said. "I want to thank all of these groups for their commitment to improving our communities, our environment and our state."
"We are very pleased with the impressive roster of applicants seeking energy efficient ways to decrease emissions and reduce expenses at the local level," TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau added. "We continue to look for ways to promote environmental awareness and energy efficiency within state government and within Tennessee's communities."
Funding for the projects comes from an April 2011 Clean Air Act settlement with the Tennessee Valley Authority. Under the Consent Decree, Tennessee will receive $26.4 million over five years to fund clean air programs in the state. To date, TDEC has reimbursed roughly $6.1 million in funding to grantees for a variety of projects to reduce environmental impacts and operating costs at sites of new construction and sites with aging infrastructure.