US-based Phoenix Energy has signed agreements to build and operate a 2MW biomass gasification plant near Lake Tahoe, California.

Claimed to be the first to use forest-based fuel in California, the new plant will utilize forest biomass from Placer County’s fire threat reduction activities to make electricity, heat and biochar.

According to the company, the Lake Tahoe in will be its third biomass gasification plant in state.

Phoenix Energy CEO Gregory Stangl said the new plant will serve as a path towards a sustainable outcome and will also provide local jobs and local energy.

"I believe there is a great opportunity for small community scale biomass plants to produce clean renewable energy for California and our third plant shows the technology is gaining momentum," Stangl added.