Yesterday, we celebrated the Grand Opening of our new retail biodiesel station in Atlanta. Attendees learned about the benefits of using our locally recycled solar-powered biodiesel and this station’s part in the nation’s longest biofuels corridor. Some twenty customers filled up during the event with overwhelming support for B100 (100% biodiesel) over B20 (20% biodiesel)-–all but one customer purchased B100–reducing their carbon footprint by 70% or more.
The fueling station, located at 250 Arizona Ave NE, is a partnership between Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE), Clean Energy Biofuels (CEB) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s I-75 Green Corridor program.
We had a great panel of speakers out to support this first-of-its-kind and only public biodiesel fueling station in Atlanta. Project partners including SACE Executive Director, Stephen A. Smith, Board of Directors President John Noel, McKay Johnson, Principal of Clean Energy Biofuels, and Jonathan Overly, manager of the I-75 Green Corridor project (providing a portion of the funding for the project) were joined by Denise Quarles, the City of Atlanta’s Director of Sustainability and Dale Aspy, EPA Region 4 for the first fueling to show their support for the station. More pictures of the event here.
The positive partnership between SACE, CEB and the I-75 Green Corridor project and the support of the community has been key to our success and we value the support of our city and federal leaders in this project.
CEB biodiesel is produced in the most environmentally sustainable way possible– it is made from recovered waste oil from local restaurants, produced locally using 100% renewable, solar power and meets the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International standards – providing substantial environmental benefits far beyond biodiesel produced from other sources. By using what has historically been a restaurant waste product, we are keeping it out of our landfills and sewage system, converting it in to the highest quality certified biodiesel and making it available at a competitive cost. Drivers will know by using our biodiesel that they are using the greenest transportation fuel available today.
Burning biodiesel produces far less toxic emissions than petroleum-based diesel fuel, which contributes to asthma and cancer. Using CEB biodiesel also ensures that fuel consumed in Atlanta is locally produced, as opposed to fuel made in the Midwest (or elsewhere like other biodiesel available in the area), which also supports the local economy. SACE is committed to diversifying our region’s fuel mix, whether it be with sustainably-produced biodiesel or further deployment of electric vehicles. They are all important steps for public health, the environment and for national security.
We would like to thank all of our wonderful speakers for participating, our supporters, David Lloyd and Technical Specialties, who own the property, our caterers for the event, Radial Cafe, and especially our customers for buying fuel. We hope to see you again soon!
The fueling station, located at 250 Arizona Ave NE, offers B20 (a 20% blend of biodiesel) and B100 (100% biodiesel) and is open from 5:00am to dusk. Mastercard, Visa and Discover are accepted. Please remember to also follow us on Twitter, Facebook and through CEB’s website.