"We truly appreciate the thousands of long hours and hard work that it has taken to complete this world class project," Schauer said. "During the struggles of an economic downturn, our partners delivered on their promise to spend locally, with more than $136 million spent with businesses in Palm Beach County and more than $35 million spent with small businesses; and to hire locally, by using more than 1.1 million hours of construction labor by Palm Beach County residents."PBREF 2 is located on 24 acres adjacent to the county's original waste-to-energy facility, also designed and built by B&W. As the most advanced and cleanest waste-to-energy power plant in North America, PBREF 2 will provide power for an estimated 44,000 homes and businesses while processing more than 1 million tons of post-recycled municipal solid waste each year. This will reduce reliance on the landfill by up to 90%, while also recycling an estimated 27,000 tons of steel, aluminum, copper and other metals annually. B&W PGG's emissions control technologies, including a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system, pulse jet fabric filters, spray-dry absorbers (SDA) and continuous emissions monitoring system (CEMS) are designed to capture and control pollutants, including mercury and heavy metals, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and particulates, within permitted levels. About B&W Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., The Babcock & Wilcox Company is a leader in clean energy technology and services, primarily for the nuclear, fossil and renewable power markets, as well as a premier advanced technology and mission critical defense contractor. B&W has locations worldwide and employs approximately 11,600 people, in addition to joint venture employees located at projects around the world. Follow us on Twitter @BabcockWilcox and learn more at www.babcock.com . About the SWA Forty years ago, the Florida Legislature created the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County , a governmental agency, through the Palm Beach County Solid Waste Act. Since then, SWA has dutifully served Palm Beach County's residents and implemented an award winning Integrated Solid Waste Management System that takes care of the processing and disposal of the County's trash and recyclables. This will be the second waste-to-energy facility the SWA manages.