Maui-based Pacific Biodiesel opened its 10th biodiesel plant this week in the northern California town of Gonzales.
According to a news release, Pacific Biodiesel built the 10,000-square foot plant for California-based Energy Alternative Solutions Inc., which is planning at least six more plants in California within the next five years.
The Gonzales plant will eventually be able to pump about 3 million gallons of biodiesel per year. The fuel will be made from a combination of virgin vegetable oils and used cooking grease taken from local resources such as crops and restaurants.
According to the Pacific Biodiesel website, the company has built plants in Oahu and Maui, Oregon, California, Nevada, Texas, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Japan.