The County of Tulare is proposing the Visalia Disposal Site and Compost Facility Project. The Project would develop and operate a covered aerated static pile (CASP) compost facility and add a 2.0 mega-watt biomass conversion facility to produce electricity, heat and biochar using wood fuel. The intent of the Project is to comply with the upcoming SB 1383 regulations. Of the 634-acre Visalia Disposal Site, the borrow pit area will encompass approximately 36 acres of total area; the compost facility will operate on a compost pad of 24 acres (approximately 20 feet below grade); while the biomass conversion component will encompass approximately 2.5 acres east of the compost facility. The compost facility will be designed to accept up to 200,000 tons per year (TPY) in increments of 50,000 TPY technology modules and store up to 200,000 cubic yards of organic material on-site that would have otherwise been landfilled. The compost facility will include installation of processing and composting equipment, a 50,000 square foot processing building, compacted compost pads, and a lined pond.
The proposed 2.0 mega-watt (MW) biomass conversion facility will produce electricity, heat and biochar using wood waste as fuel. The facility will utilize approximately 18,000 bone dry tons (BOT) of wood chips per year or 25,000 TPY of wet recovered wood waste.
The compost facility will typically operate as the same gate hours of operations for receiving waste material at the landfill, which is currently Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. covered aerated static pile processing has fans and blowers running 24 hours per day, 7 days per week so the processing hours will be 24 hours. The biomass conversion facility will run 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.