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November 7, 2019

State has $483,000 for wood energy

OLYMPIA — The state Department of Commerce awarded $482,768 in grants to four projects that will provide heat, power, engineered fuel products or significant energy efficiency improvements from wood products.

All grants must be matched at least dollar-for-dollar with other sources of non-federal funding.

Here are the projects:

• Darrington Wood Innovation Center; $160,886 to support design of the center, which initially will include a mass timber plant, a modular fabrication facility using cross-laminated timber panels produced at the plant, and a small re-manufacturing sawmill.

• The Lands Council in Spokane; $25,000 for conversion of residual woody debris to biochar, which is often used as a soil amendment.

• San Juan Islands Conservation District; $181,882 to develop energy and biochar technologies to process woody biomass at several locations. Includes site analysis and conceptual design of an advanced wood energy microgrid gasifier system to generate heat and power on Orcas Island.

• Wind River Biomass Utility in Skamania County; $115,000 to design, procure and test a system for sorting, gathering and transporting woody biomass.

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