Sedalia Launches Renewable Energy Center

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SEDALIA- Governor Nixon, State Fair Community College officials, and community members broke ground today for the Missouri Center for Waste to Energy in Sedalia. SFCC received a $1.8 million grant in September to help pay for the renewable energy center. That grant in addition to two others-- the Community Development Block Grant and the Training for Tomorrow grant-- made the center a possibility.

At the ground-breaking ceremony, the word "excited" was repeated over and over. Everyone involved said they are passionate about working on a project that will change the Sedalia community for the better. The center will do three things: convert methane gas from a local landfill into electricity for SFCC and the community, provide an educational opportunity for SFCC students, and serve as an incubator for emerging businesses to test their newer "green" ideas. It is also expected to create 32 jobs.

Pettis County expects big things from the center. State Fair Community College President Dr. Marsha Drennon said, "Community colleges are the wind beneath the sails that will turn our economy around." She said she is proud to collaborate with local and state governments as well as public and private organizations to make the center a reality.

STCC partnered with Waste Corporation of Missouri, ProEnergy Services, KCP&L, the Missouri Department of Economic Development, and many city and county agencies. Waste Corporation of Missouri donated 5 acres at a central landfill in Pettis County for the energy site. 

The first business tenant to test his products in the center will be Harvey Buhr, CEO of Hitec. Hitec converts old tires to energy.

STCC hopes the energy site will be up and running by June 2012.

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