WALNUT, Calif., April 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- VIASPACE Inc. (OTCQB: VSPC) today announced that Mesquite Lake Water and Power LLC has planted a 22 acre nursery of Giant King Grass in the Imperial Valley of Southern California. More than 2,200 acres of Giant King Grass can be produced from this nursery as early as September 2014.
Previously VIASPACE reported that it had signed a contract with Mesquite Lake Water and Power to provide Giant King Grass for an 18 MW biomass power plant and a companion advanced biofuels facility which are a part of the Mesquite Lake Energy Park that is being developed in Imperial, California.
Mr. Rodney L. Williams, managing member of Mesquite Lake, stated, "We are moving quickly to establish the Giant King Grass as a viable energy crop to be grown in the Imperial Valley. Our goal is to be prepared with fuel on hand when the power plant reopens. VIASPACE is working closely with our team. Within two weeks of signing the contract, we had Giant King Grass planted in the Valley. We are experiencing plant germination and emergence daily! This is the initial step involved in the creation of developing large tracts of land in the Imperial Valley for commercial production."
VIASPACE CEO, Dr. Carl Kukkonen, stated, "Giant King Grass is grown from cuttings not from seeds which is the same way that sugarcane is propagated. We harvested Giant King Grass at the dedicated VIASPACE nursery in Southern California and prepared 5 tons of propagation material which were picked up by Mesquite Lake and taken to the Imperial Valley and planted. Mesquite Lake is an important project for the Imperial Valley and for VIASPACE and we are fully supporting it."The 22 acre Giant King Grass propagation nursery is in the center area of a one square mile (640 acre) section that currently has wheat planted on it. The soil was tilled and manure was incorporated to provide fertilizer. After smoothing, a GPS guided tractor created the furrows for planting the Giant King Grass. The Imperial Valley is hot and dry, but has abundant irrigation water. A sprinkler system was installed to provide irrigation for germination and steady growth. The Giant King Grass was manually planted. This process was quite efficient, but mechanical planting will also be available.