Following national interests in the field of reducing Ukraine's dependence on imported energy sources and with а view to improving the overall environmental situation in the country, on January 11, 2017, GESS Ukraine concluded a Memorandum on partnership and cooperation with UKRGAZBANK, which has been successfully operating in the market of financial services for over 21 years.
The subject of this Memorandum is to organize cooperation and coordination of the Parties actions on development energy efficiency, "green" energy and development of required infrastructure in the production of electricity from renewable energy sources, namely: science, technology and innovation for energy efficiency and "green" energy; development of financing instruments for energy efficiency and "green" energy.
GESS Ukraine looks forward to a fruitful cooperation and creation of an atmosphere of trust that will ensure a sustainable development of the energy sector in Ukraine.
Representatives of GESS Ukraine, the Ukrainian division of U.S. Green Energy Sustainable Solution – GESS International – have shown their interest in Kherson combined heat and power plant (CHPP), Deputy Head of the State Property Fund of Ukraine (SPF) Yuriy Nikitin has said after a meeting with them.
The parties discussed the conditions of the sale, the prices and possibility of restructuring debts of the plant. The plant’s debt has reached almost $4 million.
“After three failures [to sell the plant] in the previous years we want to put the CHPP up to sale… The announcement of the tender is preliminarily scheduled for October 2017,” Nikitin said. He said that the fund has drawn up the conditions of the sale. A government working group is to discuss them and then the Cabinet of Ministers is to approve them.
The plants are expected to utilize 160,000 tons of swine waste and 80,000 tons of green biomass, producing 500,000 MMBtu of renewable natural gas annually; the biomass production is the energy equivalent of powering 6,800 homes. Each plant will also help create 16 new full-time jobs in the community.
“GESS is developing biogas projects that are inclusive of local communities by creating a new waste-to-energy revenue stream for farmers, said GESS Representative Seth Daughety. “Along this journey, we will pay area farmers for their waste product and provide good jobs, while also helping mitigate the environmental issues associated with hog farming. We look forward to contributing to North Carolina’s bright future.”
Olga Bryzhan, director of GESS, noted, “Investing in renewable energy projects provides opportunities, simultaneously generating significant financial returns and mitigating or addressing societal and environmental challenges.”
GESS’s business development manager Bill Elias and other members of the management team will be available at BioCycle to discuss the company’s plans and capabilities.
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Home to more than 7 million hogs, North Carolina is the second largest pork producing state in the country. Eastern North Carolina, which relies heavily on farming and agriculture, has long been a major producer of hog waste. By building a biogas plant on local farms, GESS creates an eco-friendly energy source that reduces waste odor and soil/water pollution, and whose byproduct, through anaerobic digestion, produces organic fertilizer. The result is clean gas that can be sold to energy companies and converted to electricity. The process helps to create a strong relationship between GESS International and local communities and farmers. Click Here For Full Article
The Clarendon facility would be the first of its kind in North Carolina, although other plants are also in the planning stages in Union, Nash and Wilson counties. While the company has 160 plants worldwide and already operates a different sort of bio-gas plant in North Carolina, the facility in Columbus County would be the first of its kind in the state and Lee did not rule out the possible establishment of other such plants in Columbus County in the future.
Lee said that when the plant is operational, it will employ four to six full-time employees with wages ranging from $15 to $25 an hour and that an additional 15-20 trucking jobs will be created by truck contractors serving the plant. “The jobs will be permanent jobs,” he said. “The people working will be long term, 20-year or longer, employees.” The $30 million plant, when operational, will have an annual revenue stream of $14-15 million, he said.
“The benefit is not only that we’ll be providing clean energy in the form of bio-gas to the power company, but also that we will be working with row crop farmers to buy their products, such as corn silage, wheat, oats and straw,” Lee said.
The same day that Lee made his presentation to commissioners, his company received approval from Duke Energy to connect into a 30-inch gas line on Highway 211 in another county, which will give GESS confirmation that they will be able to tie into the energy system. By law, Duke Energy will be required to buy bio-gas from GESS. Click Here For Full Article
RALEIGH, NC, July 06, 2018 - A $30 million plant to convert hog wastes into gas that can be converted to electricity could be coming to the Clarendon community, Columbus County commissioners learned last week.
Shaun Lee, director of field operations for GESS International (Green Energy Sustainable Solutions), a global company, told commissioners that his company is hoping to install a plant on about 10 acres of the 450-acre of farm land that will convert hog wastes, as well as silage from county farm row crops, into natural gas that would be sold to Duke Energy and possibly other power companies.
In addition to the plant occupying 10 acres of farmland, another five acres would be utilized for storage of bio-mass materials.
RALEIGH, NC) — Oct. 10, 2018 — Having announced plans for seven biogas and other renewable energy projects throughout North Carolina, GESS International is the lead sponsor of 2018’s BioCycle conference in Raleigh, Oct. 15-18.
The event brings together business people and thought leaders from around the country working to advance the economic and environmental benefits of bioenergy. With their contributions to biogas utilization expanding across four other states –Missouri, Texas, Illinois, and Colorado — GESS is poised to be a leading presence at the conference.
This week, the company announced plans for a $35 million biogas plant in Robeson County, which has been hard hit by Hurricane Florence. The plant is expected to eventually employ around three dozen people.
Monroe and one other project have contracts to sell gas to utilities owned by Duke Energy Corp. (NYSE: DUK) to help them meet state renewable energy requirements. The remainder would be sold to Texas-based Element Markets, a major national broker of environmental energy products and services, for resale to customers in unregulated markets outside of the Carolinas.
But to be able to start operations in 2019, the company must get permission from the N.C. Utilities Commission to participate in a limited pilot program for companies that want to inject alternative gases — usually biogases — into the pipeline system of Charlotte’s Piedmont Natural Gas Co. Inc.
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ORRUM – GESS International has announced plans to build a $35 million biogas plant on 15 acres in the Robeson County town of Orrum.
A globally established renewable energy service company, GESS expects to begin construction before the end of the year, a news release said. Estimated completion date is the first quarter of 2020.
Upon completion, GESS estimates that the plant will employ up to 16 people. Those hires would include about 10 employees in operations and maintenance positions, with an average salary of $56,000, and the rest in management and engineering. The average salary would be $59,000 for those employees.
The plant is expected to eventually employ about three dozen people.
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He said that the fund would do its best to conduct transparent privatization of the plant and the fund is ready to consider any acceptable offers, in particular, the involvement of Kherson CHPP in a project to develop alternative energy.
“The company wants to make a privatization project. No project participant, including the CHPP and consumers, should lose, on the contrary, they should earn,” the SPF said, citing a representative of GESS Ukraine Shaun Edward Lee.
He said that the company has three business projects in Kherson region. Click Here For Full Article
GESS International joined economic development officials, local farmers and community leaders in November to break ground on two new biomass plants. The first, on Nov. 8, marked the start of work at the Wilson County Green Energy Biogas Park in Stantonsburg, North Carolina; the second, on Nov. 14, at the Union County Green Energy Biogas Park in Monroe, North Carolina.
During remarks, GESS and other speakers highlighted the growing role of bioenergy in North Carolina.
Both biogas production plants are expected to start construction in Q1 of 2019 and become fully operational by Q3 of 2020. GESS’s biogas plant developments represent an investment of approximately $33 million in each community.
“Eventually,” the release said, “GESS will convert green and brown biowaste that it purchases from area farmers into energy that helps power the regional grid.”
On an annual basis, the four-anaerobic digester plant is expected to process 172,000 tons of swine waste, 44,000 tons of poultry waste and 70,000 tons of green biomass (or, agricultural residue) for a total of 286,000 tons.
An anaerobic digester is a built system for excluding oxygen from organic material and producing biogas. Click Here For Full Article
GESS International plans to use a mix of 70% swine-waste with other agricultural products in producing its biogas.
A Raleigh company with plans to build seven swine and agricultural waste plants in North Carolina — including one near Monroe — has asked regulators to allow it to participate in a pilot biogas program.
GESS International Inc., which moved its headquarters from California to Raleigh last year, says in filings with the N.C. Utilities Commission that each plant would cost about $30 million to build and would employ 16 to 19 workers, once they are in operation.
Shaun Lee, director of field operations for GESS, says his company plans to bring several of the projects on line next year. The Monroe project would be one of those, he says.
In the summer of 2016, the Ukrainian government introduced a Chornobyl Solar project to the Ukrainian and international community. The aim of the project is to turn the land affected by one of the world’s worst nuclear disasters into a massive solar park, which is scheduled for implementation in 2017.
As of today, GESS Ukraine is amongst 39 groups, including 13 international investors, which have expressed their interest in the project implementation and consider the possibility of providing financing. The companies are seeking a permission for construction of renewable energy facilities with approximate capacity of 1 gigawatt inside the radioactive exclusion zone surrounding the defunct Chernobyl nuclear plant.
To attract foreign investment, the Ukrainian government reduced the cost of land lease in the exclusion zone by 85% and simplified the process of its obtaining.
In addition, there is a fixed “green” tariff in Ukraine till 2030, which will gradually decline each year. Companies that enter into agreements in 2017, will receive a tariff for their projects 15 euro cents for a kilowatt.