Procter & Gamble and Exelon subsidiary Constellation are planning to develop up to 50MW biomass plant, aimed at helping run one of P&G’s largest US facilities, with an investment of $200m.

Expected to boost P&G’s use of renewable energy, the biomass facility will support the company’s aim to generate 30% of its total energy from renewable sources by 2020.

Constellation will develop, own and operate the cogeneration plant, which will replace P&G’s aging boiler with a highly efficient combined heat and power biomass unit.

The facility will supply steam to P&G’s paper manufacturing facility in Albany, Georgia, US, as well as generate electricity for the local utility, Georgia Power.

P&G Global Baby and Feminine & Family Care group president Martin Riant said: "As this project enables us to operate one of our largest global plants with a renewable energy source, it will reduce the environmental footprint of two leading brands, Bounty and Charmin. We see this as a win for our business, consumers, partners and the environment."

Albany Mayor and Albany-Dougherty Payroll Development Authority Chair Dorothy Hubbard said: "This project will strengthen Albany’s Procter & Gamble facility and create jobs and business opportunities for Albany and Southwest Georgia."

Scheduled to be commissioned in June 2017, the biomass facility is expected to create up to 500 jobs over the next two years during construction phase.