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Plant That Turns Chicken Poop into Energy Comes to Georgetown

Posted: Aug 13, 2018 5:12 PM Updated:

GEORGETOWN, Del.- A new renewable energy plant is coming to the Georgetown area next year. Though people who live nearby worry the new plant will bring increased traffic and a strong odor along with it. 

The plant, owned by CleanBay Renewables will recycle 90,000 tons of chicken litter annually, and transport nearly 300 tons daily. 

According to a press release from the company, the site will take chicken waste, and through anaerobic digestion, it will heat up the waste and extract natural gases from it. 

Neighbors living nearby say the smell may be too much to handle.

"It's a good thing as far as job opportunities go," Nancy Stanley, who lives in the area said. However--"Chicken waste does have a smell to it, and it is bad."

But some like Mallory Swift, who grew up in Sussex County her entire life says the smell doesn't bother her. She'll be living directly near the plant. 

"We do have a lot of problems with unemployment in the area. It is going to bring a lot of new jobs," Swift said.

"It's not an overwhelming stench, but there is a slight smell with it. But honestly it's no worse than driving past your local dump."

According to a press release from the company, "the site will produce 5 megawatts of electricity daily that will contribute to Delaware Electric Cooperative’s existing power grid, enough to power approximately 3,500 homes."

"The facility will also remove phosphorous from the chicken litter, making a small crystallized fertilizer that will be sold to farmers in the Midwest where the nutrient is needed to support agriculture."

CleanBay says through outsourcing the gas to electric companies, it will decrease the amount of fossil fuels companies like Delaware Electric Cooperative uses.

The facility will also bring 15-20 full-time jobs to the area.

Though the project plan is approved, CleanBay will continue to work with the Delaware Department of Transportation to design a highway entrance to the plant--to limit the amount of trucks that may inconvenience those living nearby.








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