Humphries said that because of leftover U.S. Department of Agriculture grant money, they will be able to afford a second stockpile trailer that will be used to haul the woodchips that are used for fuel in the boiler. Mike Lane, TCH facility director, says the biomass boiler is used to heat the building.
Lane says the boiler is already operational, but they’re still “working some of the bugs” out of it. He added that with the warmer weather, they haven’t has as much opportunity to run it at full steam as they might have anticipated.
Lane further said that the addition of a second trailer will help them clear Land Between the Lakes of the wood that’s used to make the chips.
“One can be unloading while one is in the woods being filled up. There’s no backlog of having to get vehicles transferred when you’re running out of chips,” Humphries said.
There was a bid opening for the trailer last Wednesday morning. However, only one contractor – Wabash – submitted a bid. They bid $49,083 on the trailer.
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