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Iowa biofuels plant using solar to reduce carbon footprint

A biofuels producer is turning to solar to help reduce its carbon footprint.

Edgar Castro with Chevron Renewable Energy Group says the installation of a solar array at its facility in north Iowa will cut electricity usage nearly in half.

“About two years ago somebody had this idea where if we go off the grid and go with solar, we can improve the carbon intensity of this particular plant.”

He tells Brownfield farmers who deliver feedstocks to the biodiesel plant in Mason City will benefit.

“The array will also help us reduce our OPEX, so if we’re able to reduce our OPEX then this plant will have more days into production. The more days into production that we have, the more we can receive some of their biproducts that we can convert into renewable energy.”

Castro says the solar project is expected to be finished by the end of this year.

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