Augusta commissioners to discuss renewable energy project

Augusta commissioners to discuss renewable energy project

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Augusta Commissioners are slated to discuss a project that could affect what happens to your waste.

Officials are proposing submitting a non-binding loan application in partnership with the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority for a project that would covert waste from the landfill into renewable energy.

According to the agenda item, the project would not exceed $62 million.

One commissioner said given the decrease in sales taxes that the city was able to collect, he thinks this investment is bad timing.

"That doesn't necessarily mean it's a bad project. I think the way it's being done is disingenuous. It's not transparent to us, or to the public in terms of looking at this to see if there's a need for it. Just because it's a good project doesn't mean we're capable of taking on $62 million in debt," said Commissioner Ben Hasan.

The full commission meeting will be held on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m.

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