The supervisors approved the letter to the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GoBIZ) unanimously. In part, it stated, “This significant investment by American Renewable Power is an environmentally important renewable energy generation resources we need to encourage at this time in the State of California, particularly in regions with high unemployment and poverty.
“ARP-Loyalton Biomass intends to make a major investment in our community and to create more than 75 full-time, high quality jobs. The timing for this investment is important due to the need for more renewable power in the region and the fact that this plant will have a 20+ year expected commercial life once it is placed back into commercial service this coming September.
“The approval of this Tax Credit Application will be a substantial incentive for American Renewable Power to fund and restart the biomass plant in Loyalton this summer. The plant will require 21 full-time jobs plus another 50+ full time independent contractor jobs required to deliver residual biomass from within an hour’s drive of the plant. The bulk of this fiber will be sourced from nearby national and private forests to remove high fire hazard waste biomass that otherwise would be left in the forest.”