Last fall, Alabama Agriculture & Industries Commissioner Ron Sparks and Montgomery, Alabama Mayor Bobby Bright announced a partnership that would make used cooking grease into biodiesel to be run in the city’s vehicles. This week, they cut the ribbon on the new Center for Alternative Fuels Biodiesel Production facility.
This Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries press release has more details:
“This has truly been a special day for the City of Montgomery in opening our newly built biodiesel facility,” I can not think of a better way to help clean up our environment and fuel our vehicles and farm equipment,” said Commissioner Sparks.
“Reducing the amount of used cooking oils that goes into the landfill is good environmental policy,” Mayor Bright said “This process is working in several other cities across the state and we are extremely pleased that we can put this into action for Montgomery’s citizens.”
Commissioner Sparks says the facility will also be used for instructional purposes to encourage the state’s farmers to produce a variety of crops that can be turned into biodiesel, including soybeans and canola. Approximately 110 gallons of B100 will be produced every day. Expected cost of the biodiesel should average between 75 cents and 1.00 dollar per gallon.