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Biofuel plant would power Le Sueur, Minn.

LE SUEUR, Minn. (AP) -- Developers have applied for permits to construct a unique biofuel plant southwest of the Twin Cities.

The $30 million plant would turn 45,000 tons of agricultural waste into power each year. Avant Energy and the Minnesota Municipal Power Agency came up with the idea for converting corn, potato and melon waste from food processing plants to methane bio-gas, liquid fertilizer and burnable pellets that will power the community of Le Sueur.

Avant Energy project director Kelsey Dahlen tells the Star Tribune the concept is unique in the Midwest and the nation.

The "Hometown BioEnergy" plant is the latest of many others being constructed in Minnesota. While the c plant involves electricity, 21 Minnesota green-energy factories make ethanol and five make biodiesel fuel additives for trucks.