SunPower Biodiesel Goes Into Production

Joanna Schroeder

SunPower Biodiesel is official producing biodiesel at its plant located in Cumberland Wisconsin. The plant is using locally grown canola oil to produce the biodiesel. To celebrate, SunPower held a grand opening event that included a biodiesel workshop, plant tours and a ribbon cutting ceremony.

“Sun Power is very unique in our region,” said Laura Richard, Wisconsin Clean Cities, Southeast Area. “It’s a full circle. The canola is grown here in Wisconsin, the oil is processed into biodiesel, and they sell it right back to fuel users. They have a huge positive impact on their community and the state of Wisconsin.”

The SunPower Biodiesel plant was the pillar for the creation of an International Biofuels Research and Development Park. To aid in the success of the project, the plant received funds from the Wisconsin Clean Transportation Program (WCTP) to help with the purchase of equipment as well as for operating capital. WCTP is administered jointly by the Wisconsin Department of Administration – Office of Energy Independence and Wisconsin Clean Cities—Southeast Area.

Biodiesel, biofuels