Lincoln County project will convert pinyon-juniper into biofuel
CARSON CITY – Governor Joe Lombardo has signed a "declaration of understanding" with Jesper Møller Sørensen, ambassador to the United States from Denmark, to work on renewable energy projects.
One of the first collaborations is a renewable energy-powered industrial park in Lincoln County that could attract $260 million in investment and create 150 jobs, according to officials with the Governor's Office of Economic Development.
"This ... project produces clean renewable energy while simultaneously utilizing trees that need to be thinned out to maintain a healthy forest," Lombardo said. "This is an exciting opportunity, and we look forward to more potential collaboration between Denmark and Nevada in the future."
The trees are pinyon-pine and western juniper that encroach on sagebrush communities and are highly flammable. Pinyon juniper can generate biofuel.
"The trees have no commercial lumber value, yet they have a high fuel content and are ideal as a lucrative feedstock for thermochemical processing into biofuels," officials said.
Lincoln County has made a 200-acre site available for development with access to rail and the ability to transport the newly created biofuel internationally. The site has 1.3 million acres of trees within a 50-mile radius.