Anderson, CA biomass facility getting new life

A San Francisco Bay Area energy company and north state timber firm are working to restart a biomass plant that’s been idle for nearly 10 years.

Kiara Solar Inc. of San Ramon purchased the former Wheelabrator facility off Highway 273 in Anderson about two years ago from Siskiyou Forest Products for $1.6 million.

“We are working in conjunction with Siskiyou Forest Products,” said Bob Chaudhuri, vice president of business development for San Ramon-based Kiara Solar. “We will use their waste wood and provide steam for their dry kilns. So it’s really a symbiotic relationship.”

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