Potawatomi’s renewable energy facility hosts grand opening

Today, the Potawatomi tribe hosted a monumental grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony at its renewable energy facility in Milwaukee.  This sustainability project in the the Menomonee Valley converts commercial food waste into renewable electricity – enough to power 1500 homes.

Ribbon Cutting ceremony outside the renewable energy faciity.

Today, Wisconsin Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele expressed their excitement during the grand opening celebration of the Potawatomi renewable energy facility.

Civic leaders that celebrated this grand opening included Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele. Each shared a few words about the importance of this sustainability project in Milwaukee.

Grand opening speakers and tour at Potawatomi Digester

The grand opening kicked off with inspirational words, a ribbon cutting and a tour of the operational renewable energy facility.

In 2013, Milwaukee launched a 10 year sustainability initiative, ReFresh Milwaukee, to position Milwaukee as on of the most sustainable cities in the country.  Mayor Tom Barrett expressed his excitement and noted this renewable energy facility will help Milwaukee achieve its goals.

ReFresh Milwaukee

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele was extremely passionate sharing his experience in non-profit and how apparent it became that the Potawatomi are deeply involved in helping non-profit causes.  He cajoled that the Menomonee Valley should be called the Potawatomi Valley because of the all the contribution they provide to Milwaukee.

Street view in front of Potawatomi Bingo and Casino

The Potawatomi Bingo Casino and Renewable Energy Facility is located on Canal Street, in the Menomonee Valley.

Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefish expressed her enthusiasm for the renewable energy facility and noted the power capabilities of this project. She touted the impressive capability of generating enough renewable electricity to power 1500 homes.  During the tour, the engines were operating and viewable from the control room window.

Biogas engines.

The roar of the engines can be felt from the control room. The engines operate just under 2000 rpm. As more biogas is fueled to the engines, the rpm stays the same, but the load increases – resulting in more electricity being generated.

Jeff Crawford, Attorney General for Forest County Potawatomi, shared that this renewable energy project is about continuing a tradition of sustainability for the tribe.  After Jeff’s concluding words the facility tour commenced.

Looking at the architectural drawings and speaking with engineers, it’s incredible to witness this accomplishment in Milwaukee.

Potawatomi Digester  Completed interior of Potawatomi Digester

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