WALNUT, Calif., Feb. 11, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- VIASPACE Inc. (OTCQB:VSPC) today announced that the company harvested a large number of seedlings from its Giant KingTM Grass nursery in California and had them transported in a 40 foot refrigerated container to St. Croix, US Virgin Islands where they have been planted in a 25 acre propagation nursery operated by Tibbar Energy. Tibbar plans to propagate the Giant King Grass to create a 1000+ acre plantation to fuel the 7 MW anaerobic digestion power plant that Tibbar is building on St. Croix.
The Giant King Grass will be ready to propagate within six months and Tibbar plans to have the power plant in operation in the first quarter of 2014. The St. Croix Public Services Commission approved Tibbar Energy's facility design for a 7 MW anaerobic generator that uses VIASPACE's proprietary Giant King Grass energy crop in December 2012.
Tibbar Energy's St. Croix project will be as close to organic farming as possible using the digestate from the anaerobic digestion process as a fertilizer to grow Giant King Grass. Tibbar President and CEO Tania Tomyn reports, "Our farm will be a conventional farming operation." Additionally, Tibbar will have a small amount of compressed natural gas that will be produced from the bio-gas to run the fleet of trucks that haul the Giant King Grass. These will be the first compressed natural gas trucks on St. Croix.Tibbar Energy signed an exclusive agreement with VIASPACE in September 2012, and received a small initial shipment of Giant King Grass which was planted on September 29, 2012 as an initial test. This Giant King Grass is four months old and is over 10 feet tall. Tomyn continued, "The Giant King Grass grows well in tropical St. Croix. The test was very successful, and we decided to go forward with the 25 acre propagation nursery. We are slated to have the full plantation and power plant up and running by early second quarter of 2014."