Squeaks and crackles at a new power plant mean jobs, revenue, and energy for Halifax County.

"This project really represents a classic example of Virginia's resources being used for the benefit of Virginians," said Sheldon Petersen with the Cooperative Finance Corporation, and a speaker at a grand opening luncheon held earlier in the day.

The new facility is called South Boston Energy, owned and operated by Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative, or NOVEC, based in Northern Virginia. Nearly every part of it is recycled. It's fueled by wood chips from logging companies called "slash".

"It actually takes the waste wood from the forest after the lumber industry does its timbering, brings it to the plant and actually fuels the boiler and the boiler uses that steam, that steam runs the turbine," said Mike Dailey, a Vice President at NOVEC.

Water from a local waste water treatment plant is used for cooling.
And the plant itself used to be part of Georgia Pacific. It sat empty for 15 years before turning into this.

The 178 million dollar project generates about 50 megawatts of electricity for 16,000 homes. The electricity is used both locally and in Northern Virginia.

Managers hired 26 people to run the plant in South Boston and is projected to create up to $600,000 in annual property tax revenue for Halifax County.

Power plant leaders say they picked South Boston because of its rural atmosphere, calling it the "wood basket" of Virginia.

At the grand opening luncheon Thursday managers said they didn't get any opposition from the community to build.