The Placer County Planning Commission has given the go-ahead for a proposed biomass facility in the eastern county.
The project, approved Dec. 20, will be located on county-owned property near Truckee at the Cabin Creek materials recycling facility off Highway 89 near the Placer/Nevada county line.
The 2 megawatt facility will create energy from wood biomass currently being removed from the surrounding forestlands for wildfire protection.
It will use gasification technology to convert the biomass material into gas, without burning, which will power an internal combustion engine that will turn turbines to produce electricity.
The county and its partners will select a contractor for the project, which will include construction of an 11,000-square-foot building to house the power-generating and emissions-control equipment and a 1-acre fuel storage area.
Unless appealed to the county Board of Supervisors by Monday, the commission's approval is final, said Robert Miller, county spokesman.
Barbara Barte Osborn