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Lieutenant governor will be keynote speaker for Thursday’s power plant grand opening

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling will deliver the keynote address at NOVEC Energy Production’s Halifax County biomass power plant celebration and grand opening Thursday at The Prizery.

Following the celebration and luncheon, a ribbon cutting will be held at the plant followed by a guided walking tour of the 49.95 megawatt “green” biomass power plant that serves NOVEC’s customer-owners.

At Thursday’s grand opening ceremony and ribbon cutting, the Michigan-based energy services company will officially dedicate the renewable energy power plant that uses wood chips to generate affordable electricity, while creating jobs and contributing to the county’s tax base. 

Prior to its construction the Halifax Industrial Development Authority worked with NOVI for three years to assist in the location of the plant in South Boston on the site of the raised Georgia Pacific plant.  

The site was prepared with the help of a $700,000 grant through the Virginia Housing and Community Development, among other funding agencies.  

Nancy Pool, president of The Halifax Chamber of Commerce, was responsible for attracting NOVI to the area and raising the $100,000 needed to support a study of potential suppliers for the plant that relies on wood waste – or “slash” – on forest floors for fuel. 

Forestry consultants determined an abundance of slash within a 75-mile radius of the proposed Halifax County facility, with approximately 150 indirect jobs created in the harvesting of wood chips from Halifax County and the Southern Virginia region.  

NOVI Energy is an entrepreneurial company that provides a broad range of services in energy consulting, energy management and energy infrastructure project development for utility, industrial, institutional and commercial companies across the United States and the world. 

NOVEC is a not-for-profit corporation that distributes electricity and energy services to more than 144,000 customers in Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William, Stafford and Clarke counties, and the City of Manassas Park, making it one of the largest electric distribution cooperatives in the nation.