More Biodiesel for Central Florida

John Davis

An area in Central Florida already touted as a mecca for biodiesel production could be getting another biodiesel plant.

Back on August 15th, I told you how Groveland, just 30 miles west of Orlando in Lake County, was poised to have three biodiesel plants by the end of 2009. Now, this story in the Orlando Sentinel says yet another refinery wants to move into the area:

Raptor Fabrication & Equipment on State Road 50 asked for $10,000 to pay a consultant who specializes in writing grant applications in the area of renewable-energy technology, company officials said.

Commissioners unanimously approved the request as an incentive for Raptor to expand here.

The Groveland City Council also voted Monday to provide the company with a letter of intent that shows the city is willing to make eight municipally owned acres on Sampey Road available for Raptor’s proposed expansion.

Raptor produces biodiesel, which it touts on its Web site as a “clean, renewable and economical substitute for petroleum diesel fuel.”

The article goes on to say that if all the potential biodiesel production comes to fruition, the area could end up rivaling Houston, Texas in terms of biodiesel output.