PLAINFIELD, Conn. (AP) – A $225 million biomass energy plant in Plainfield has begun operating 10 years after planning began and is producing enough electricity to power the equivalent of 37,000 homes.

The Bulletin of Norwich reports ( ) that state and local officials gathered Monday at a dedication ceremony for the 37.5-megawatt plant, which faced much uncertainty over the years.

The project weathered obstacles including uncertain financing, opposition by many area residents and a foreclosure process last year.

The plant began feeding electricity to the grid late last month.

It uses a variety of fuel sources including construction debris and recycled wood pallets. Trucks from across New England will be delivering waste wood daily.

Connecticut Light & Power has a 15-year contract with the plant’s owner to buy 80 percent of the plant’s power.

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