June 27, 2014 - From inside a red metal building on a hog farm, a roaring engine is generating enough electricity to supply about 300 homes.
The fuel for the generator comes from the gassy byproduct of decomposing pig manure - waste that until now had been stored in six open-air lagoons spread over 21acres just outside this Bladen County town of 1,750 residents.
Last October, North Carolina's largest swine waste-to-energy facility began commercially operating, thanks to the steady supply of manure from 28,000 hogs on William Storms' farm.
On Friday, the 69-year-old Storms and his family members joined about 150 guests, including state officials and contractors who touted the environmental and financial benefits of the $5 million project. Storms used a pocketknife to cut a blue ribbon. read more>>>