LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – Nearly three quarters of a million dollars is being awarded to the city of Lukin thanks to the growing biomass energy industry.
The $750,000 grant is through the Texas Capital Fund which aims to rejuvenate Texas town's economies.
Lufkin Mayor Jack Gorden says he is excited because this will be the first time the city has been chosen for the funds.
Aspen Power, the new biomass plant, will invest over 100 million dollar in the city and bring at least 150 full-time jobs to the area.
"This will be the first 100% biomass plant in the state of Texas. So there's not that many others even in the country. It really puts Lufkin in the forefront of this mean, green energy concept," said Mayor Gorden.
The Capital Fund money will build a city street off Kurth Drive to provide reliable access to the to the Aspen Power plant.
The mayor says the plant should be up and running... turning out electricity by the beginning of 2011.