KELOWNA, B.C. — Grants of $3.9 million awarded to Pinnacle Renewable Energy by the Forest Enhancement Society of BC (FESBC) are being used to help recover thousands of cubic metres of wood waste that was destined to be burned in slash piles.
The funding enabled Lavington Pellet Limited Partnership to recover 38,000 cubic metres of residual wood fibre from harvesting areas in the Monashee Mountains. According to the province, the steep mountain slopes make hauling in wood grinders and traditional chip trucks after logging is finished nearly impossible.
Lavington Pellet Limited Partnership in the Okanagan Valley is a joint venture between Pinnacle Renewable Energy and Tolko Industries Ltd. The project began in the winter of 2019-20 and is expected to last until March 2022.
“This funding allowed us to reduce carbon emissions through the utilization of harvest waste,” said Jason Fisher, vice-president fibre, Pinnacle Renewable Energy, in a statement. “Harvest residuals are more costly to handle, process and transport than mill residuals, especially in areas with challenging geography like the regions around Lavington. FESBC’s support for this project turned into local benefits and helps us turn B.C. wood waste into a global carbon solution.”
The province estimated that the project will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by about 33,600 tonnes.
Officials also noted that by using the fibre to make wood pellets to produce energy, instead of burning it in slash piles, the release of methane and nitrous oxide is also halted.