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At Florida Crystals, we use our crops and urban wood waste as fuel to generate renewable electricity. We own and operate the largest renewable energy facility of its kind in North America and one of the largest in the world.
Sugar cane ranks highest among all cultivated crops at capturing solar energy in reusable form. Our renewable energy facility converts biomass (plant matter) to energy. We recycle urban wood and vegetative waste and our leftover sugar cane fiber, called bagasse, to produce clean, environmentally-friendly energy that powers our sugar operations as well as tens of thousands of homes.
Because we use local biomass as fuel, our facility eliminates the need for one million barrels of foreign oil per year. By reducing the use of harmful fossil fuels, we cut greenhouse gas emissions by hundreds of thousands of tons each year, helping to reduce global warming.
Each year, we divert hundreds of thousands of tons of wood waste from landfills and convert this waste stream to a valuable product, clean electricity. In doing so, we conserve valuable landfill space in urban communities.
The cost of fuel accounts for 85% of the money spent by most power facilities. Since our fuel consists of locally grown and harvested sugar cane fiber and locally collected recycled wood waste, we invest that money in Florida. Conversely, most fossil-fueled power facilities send most of their money out of the state or out of the country.