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Friday, June 11, 2010 - 12:44pm

Chicken Waste Power Plant Could Be Coming To Hart County

A Pennsylvania-based energy company is eying Hart County as the site of a $200 million power plant that uses chicken litter to generate electricity. According to their website Fibrowatt LLC is the only company in the world using the waste product as fuel for power plants. Hart County is one of the state’s major poultry producers.

Industrial Authority Director Dwayne Dyer says Hart County officials have been courting the company for more than 3 years.

"We’ve been very aggressive and put the best offer that we had on the table back in 2007 and have been working ever since then to close the deal," Dyer said. "Really it’s based on the business need and the time line that they direct as to when and if they’ll be coming."

Last month a county in North Carolina decided against a Fibrowatt plant because of environmental and community concerns. Hart County officials say the plant would be a major employer and boost county tax revenues.