CAI: Gas turbine demonstration project approved by County Supervisors in California

Source: Combustion Associates, Inc. 

Supervisor John Tavaglione and Trade Commissioner Tom Freeman discuss the 1 MW Waste-to-Energy Demo Project with Kusum KaviaRiverside County Board of Supervisors passed the proposal for a 1 MW Methane-Powered Waste-to-Energy Project at a recent Board Meeting. This project, proposed by County Supervisor John Tavaglione is a huge victory for both the County of Riverside, and Corona-based manufacturer Combustion Associates, Inc.

Combustion Associates, Inc. (CAI) is the only firm in Riverside County producing power plants from 1 - 10 MW. A potential partnership between CAI and Riverside County will help create jobs for the local workforce while offering CAI a showcase project to domestic and international clients.

“With AQMD introducing tougher standards on conventional internal combustion engines used to convert methane to energy, a jet-turbine system may be the only type of power plant capable of meeting these tougher standards. This is an opportunity for the county to help a local business owner create more jobs and have a fully functional system in place at one of the existing landfills,” said Tavaglione.

“Receiving this approval from the Riverside County Board of Supervisors is a big milestone for our company and we’re looking forward to a “win-win” partnership” reflected Kusum Kavia, Chief Operating Officer of CAI. 

Supervisor John Tavaglione takes a tour of the CAI Factory in Corona, CaliforniaCAI is currently in the commissioning phase of an 80 MW complete “green field” power plant in Benin, West Africa. CAI is also taking part in the forthcoming Renewable Energy and Efficiency Trade Mission to Turkey hosted by U.S. Commercial Services with additional support from Vice President Joe Biden.

CAI has been recognized by numerous State and Federal Agencies for its pioneering work in this field as well as in performance and quality. They are also the recipient of the 2011 Presidential “E” Award for Excellence in Exports, presented by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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