Members of the Albany-Dougherty Payroll Development Authority (PDA) approved a $230 million bond resolution to build a biomass energy plant adjacent to the Procter & Gamble campus, the Albany Herald reports.
The plant will primarily be used to power P&G-Albany, but the Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) in Albany will use the plant for energy as well, enabling it to become the first net-zero Department of Defense installation in the country. MCLB-Albany already receives 40 percent of its energy through methane gas that is a byproduct of the county landfill through a gas-to-energy agreement with Dougherty County. Albany Green Energy will manage the plant.
P&G has implemented a number of other sustainability measures over the last several years. In 2012, P&G’s plant in Mehoopany Township, Wyoming County, Penn., began operating off the grid using natural gas from wells beneath the factory to power the plant and fuel its fleet of 22 natural-gas vehicles.
In 2013, the company began participating in a smart building technology program using Jones Lang LaSalle’s IntelliCommand smart building management technology in a test group of laboratories, offices and manufacturing facilities. P&G’s initial investment in the technology was returned within the first three months of energy cost savings.