Start a business in Yuba County at Forest Biomass Business Center |

Start a business in Yuba County at Forest Biomass Business Center

Camptonville Community Partnership is a small, rural, community-based non-profit organization located whose mission is, “Rural people working together for a safe, sustainable and healthy community.”

Beginning in 2013, Camptonville Community Partnership, in partnership with the Yuba Watershed Protection and Fire Safe Council, began to facilitate of the development of a small-scale forest biomass to energy facility located just south of Camptonville at the former Sierra Mountain Mill site. The goals of the community-driven bioenergy facility, known as the Forest Biomass Business Center, are to create local employment, reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire, enhance forest health, reduce air emissions from open pile burning, revitalize the local community and produce renewable energy.

The Forest Biomass Business Center is proposed to be a 3MW combined heat and power facility, meaning it will produce both electricity and heat using byproducts of forest management projects. The electricity produced will be sold to PG&E under the state’s BioMAT program while the heat produced will be sold to businesses with heat requirements that are located alongside the bioenergy facility. Such businesses could include greenhouses, a brewery, a firewood, pole or wood pellet manufacturing facility, a wood pallet recycling facility, or a composting facility, to name a few.

To that end, Camptonville Community Partnership and the Yuba Sutter Economic Development Corporation are offering a workshop on the opportunities to start your own business in Yuba County, with particular emphasis on entrepreneurship and business opportunities at the Forest Biomass Business Center. The workshop will be held Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Alcouffe Center located at 9185 Marysville Road in Oregon House. The workshop will provide information on the resources, requirements, and opportunities involved with starting a business in Yuba County, and on the possible entrepreneurial opportunities to join the planned business campus. Brynda Stranix, Yuba Sutter Economic Development Corporation president, will lead the workshop.

The Forest Biomass Business Center can be a unique partner if you are looking for a place to start or grow a wood products manufacturing business or are interested in starting a business with heat and/or electricity needs. This co-generation approach to renewable energy production supports development of local businesses that create jobs and a market for forest biomass and small diameter wood.

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