CE+P's first project, Sugar Valley Energy, is comprised of three main production facilities: ethanol, electricity, and biomethane, and when operating, will annually produce:
● 71 million gallons of low-carbon fuel-grade Essential EthanolTM, which is considered an Advanced Biofuel
● 42.9 megawatts of electricity, 25 MW of which will be available for export into the grid
● 760 Mcf of pipeline quality biomethane
● 28,000 tons of inorganic soil amendment
● 200,000 tons of saleable CO2 gas
● 200,000 tons of field residue
● 2,300 tons of fly ash
For a visual summary of what our facility will offer, please view our infographics here.
Sugar Valley Energy will be designed and constructed by a consortium of highly experienced engineering and construction firms with leading credentials in the sugarcane-to-ethanol production and electricity generation industry. Additionally, local Imperial Valley farmers will apply three generations of farming expertise and experience to grow sugarcane varieties under an agreement and CE+P's agricultural experts' direction. Local farmers have shown interest in new crops. They are particularly receptive to the opportunity to participate in CE+P's program, which offers a more stable revenue stream than crops with volatile market prices.
Sugar Valley Energy, LLC (“SVE”) is the Project Company and is wholly owned by CE+P.
The Imperial Valley
With its vast natural resources, California's Imperial Valley has nearly 500,000 acres of some of the world's most productive irrigated farmland. Located in the southeastern corner of California, the Imperial Valley's access to San Diego, Los Angeles and the southwestern United States makes it uniquely positioned to develop into the Renewable Energy Capital of the World.
The Imperial Valley is a stable farming area and has the experienced, dedicated and successful farming entities required to launch the extensive sugarcane production program. CE+P established its agricultural program to grow sugarcane in 2009 in conjunction with a group of experienced Imperial Valley farmers. They are a crucial part of the CE+P Project team and will manage the full range of agricultural operations with oversight from CE+P's global agricultural experts.
By locating its facilities in the Imperial Valley, CE+P will help transform the economic landscape of the region by creating demand for local goods and services, raising farm income, generating tax revenue and creating jobs with salaries that exceed national averages. For the construction of each facility, CE+P expects to bring substantial economic benefits to the Imperial Valley, and the operation of each plant will provide well-paying jobs. CE+P is working closely with its Imperial Valley partners to develop a plan that fosters environmental respect and sustainable opportunity. Working together, CE+P will help make sugarcane the right renewable resource for the Imperial Valley community.
Our First Facility
CE+P selected the Imperial Valley partly because it is near the greater Los Angeles metropolitan transportation center where the fuel will be used, and partly because the Valley has over 450,000 acres of irrigated farmland with near-ideal climate conditions for sugarcane.
Adjacent to the Mesquite Lake Enterprise Zone, the facility will be easily accessible by truck to the southern California and Arizona ethanol markets. The facility is in close proximity to two power lines that are owned and maintained by the Imperial Irrigation District. CE+P will transmit electricity to its power purchaser via an interconnection with one of these power lines.