The Long Lake-based Adirondack Woodsman’s Pellet Company LLC plans to work with timber harvesters and employ sustainable harvest practices as it seeks to start up a commercial wood pellet manufacturing facility in Tupper Lake, according to a press release from Gov. David Paterson.
The company plans to create 20 to 40 local jobs, according to the proposal it submitted.
The grant is one of 18 the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority announced Tuesday to help support the development of new, clean-energy businesses and the expansion of existing ones across the state. It requires an equal match from the business.
Adirondack Woodsman’s Pellet Company was one of nine proposals to receive money in its round of funding, beating out 41 other applications.
The company’s project scored well with the panel that evaluated the proposals because it didn’t just meet the criteria for the grant but also meets broader economic goals of NYSERDA, the governor and the state, said a NYSERDA spokesman.
The project aims to help replace outdoor wood boilers and petroleum heat, which have adverse health and environmental effects, with pellet stoves, which are cleaner and greener. Penetrating the North Country market with pellets is important to the state’s environmental goals, the spokesman said.
Additionally, the panel was looking to distribute funds equitably across the state, and it was likely there weren’t many proposals from the North Country, the spokesman said. The wood pellet project was the only one from the North Country to receive money in the two funding rounds announced Tuesday.
The money will be distributed in the form of milestone payments. The company, which negotiated and agreed upon a contract with NYSERDA, will submit paperwork as it meets certain objectives, and NYSERDA will process the documentation and send out a check, the spokesman said.
Though the Enterprise could not confirm it was the same project, Long Laker Claire Leonardi met in October with representatives at the state Adirondack Park Agency in a pre-application meeting to discuss what it would take to build a wood pellet mill in the Industrial Park in Tupper Lake.
APA spokesman Keith McKeever said the meeting was short and mainly consisted of Leonardi getting information about the APA permit application process. APA representatives provided her with an application, and the agency hasn’t heard anything since, McKeever said.
Leonardi was out of the country and wasn’t available for comment.