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February 21, 2013

Central State redevelopment discusses green energy



Abundant solar energy grants are accessible at the federal level.

“This is relevant, real and resonates in Washington,” the executive director said.

If the Central State solar farm receives necessary approval, small job impact would result right away from building recycling. On sight solar panel assembly could create up to 10 jobs as well.

Solar isn't the only concept on the green committee's table.

Sinclair noted converting waste to energy by burning shredded municipal waste creates usable byproducts. Central State has the room and two old steam plant buildings with stacks in working order.

“There is no reason why we shouldn't look toward using those buildings to house the gasification systems,” Sinclair said.

The green energy chair said two 25-ton capacity FASTOX Gasification System furnaces are capable of dealing with city and Baldwin County waste.

Sinclair estimates diesel fuel production and electricity generator units could produce up to $4,000 a day paying back the potential investment price of $12 million.

“We are trying to produce a friendly system that would give us a by product. I don't want you to be afraid of these numbers,” the green energy chair said. “We've got to think out of the box. We want to become the green capital of Georgia.” 

In other authority news:

• Couch said the board is close to attaining a process through the Georgia State Properties Commission to lease Chapel 3, Jones 286 and the Wilkes buildings for intended suitors. Wilkes serves as a suitable interim place for the proposed DEA analytical laboratory until it grows to a larger CSH building.

• Through the end of February, the board spent $95,000 of its $124,000 City of Milledgeville allocated budget. Couch said CSHLRA is in good financial shape.

• The Bicycling Club of Milledgeville's April Fools Bike Ride kicks off March 30 in the Central State pecan grove. Z-97 and the Oconee River Greenway moved their Easter egg hunt to CSH that day also. 

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