Woody Biomass Utilization Grant

USDA Forest Service Woody Biomass Utilization Grant in the amount of $134,225. This is great success for all like-communities throughout the Sierras as the results of this project aims to create a model for economically sustainable biomass utilization that reduces costs of forest restorations projects and provides community jobs. The “North Fork Community-Scale Biomass Demonstration Project” was one of twenty renewable wood energy projects funded nationwide.

 

These grant dollars will allow for the completion of major pre-development tasks allowing for the financing and construction of community-scale (1MW) combined heat and power facility on the North Fork Mill Site. TSS Consultants, under a USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant, has recently completed a feasibility evaluation that examined local biomass supply, land characteristics, and markets.

 

The study concluded that a small biopower facility providing renewable energy generation, value added utilization of forest biomass in support of hazardous fuels reeducation activities, and long-term family wage jobs would be the most appropriate activity at the site. You will find this feasibility study attached along with the USDA New Release and snapshot of their website.