Groundbreaking on $795 million biomass power plant at the Savannah River Site today

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The Savannah River Site will be home to a new biomass power plant -- one that will cost $795 million and burn a mix of timber and shredded tires.

It's expected to be a far cleaner source of energy than the existing coal plant.

The Augusta Chronicle has more details on the plant and today's groundbreaking.

The new plant is expected to generate 20 megawatts, for scale comparison the previously proposed coal facility on the Pee Dee would have generated some 1,320 megawatts.

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