(KNSI) – St. Cloud is using byproducts from the community to create energy.
The St. Cloud Nutrient, Energy and Water Recovery Facility is using community food, beverage industries and waste streams to create energy through the use of helpful bacteria. The bacteria converts these products into biofuel which is cleaned and used to produce the energy.
The city of St. Cloud treats wastewater for over 120,000 people in six cities and treats over 10 million gallons of waste water every day.
Through the facility, over 4 million kilowatts per hour of energy is produced every year, enough to give 500 homes electricity for an entire year. It is also enough to account for almost 15% of the electricity St. Cloud uses to provide services every year.
JENNIFER LEWERENZ NEWS DIRECTOR
Jennifer is a twin cities native, spending the entire 20 plus years of her radio career in Minnesota. She and her husband enjoy cooking, fishing, laughing, sports and traveling.