January 27 (Renewables Now) – Flint Hills Sources LLC is looking to create a 30-MW photo voltaic farm at its Pine Bend refinery in Rosemount, Minnesota.

The enterprise, a subsidiary of Koch Industries Inc, mentioned on Tuesday it has sought bids for the construction of the facility from choose solar organizations and expects to make a choice on whether to go ahead with the job by the center of this 12 months.

The photo voltaic ability plant would be created on farmland owned by the company, situated west of the refinery. It would enhance a a short while ago commissioned 50-MW combined warmth and ability (CHP) plant, which materials electrical power for about 40% of the refinery’s day by day operations. Beneath ideal ailments, the solar farm and the CHP plant could satisfy a lot more than 50% of the refinery’s day by day electricity requirement, estimates the enterprise.   

“Continuously enhancing our vitality effectiveness and minimizing our vitality costs are crucial to our ability to continue being competitive,” said Flint Hills Methods plant manager and vice president of operations Geoff Glasrud.

The job would also help the corporation in additional lowering its emissions. In accordance to the announcement, the Pine Bend refinery’s emissions for each barrel are some 20% reduced than these of other US refineries.