Renewable energy is growing quickly in Imperial Valley. With its rich and fruitful tradition in agriculture, the region is becoming fertile ground for the location of bio-fuel companies that recognize the advantages of locating here:
Proximity to biotechnology firms and research
Optimal climate for year-round growing season
Publicly owned water and energy delivered at an affordable cost
Wide variety of available commodities
Availability of an affordable and youthful workforce
Available land zoned for agricultural and commercial use
Access to three international ports
- Central location to major southwest markets
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Source: Imperial County Agricultural Crop and Livestock Report.
To view the full report click here.
Opportunities with Bio-Fuels:
The Imperial Valley is working with San Diego to develop a regional model centered on the research and commercial production of algae. Algae can be used as a bio-mass for bio-fuel production.
The Imperial Valley is a prime location for the production of bio-diesel from algae and manure.
Sugarcane for ethanol is already being grown in the Imperial Valley. There are also opportunities with sweet sorghum, sugar beets, switchgrass, and other plant varieties.
With the wide variety of crops grown in the Imperial Valley, many different types of organic matter can be used for bio-mass, which can be converted into bio-diesel.
Imperial Valley is the global leader in Algae Bio-Crude Production.
Imperial County Agricultural Commissioners Office
Imperial County Farm Bureau
Imperial Valley Vegetable Growers Association
University of California Agricultural Extension Center - Imperial County
For the Imperial County Profile from the 2007 Census of Agriculture, click here.
For information on opportunities with bio-fuels in the Imperial Valley, contact Timothy E. Kelley at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sean Wilcock at email@example.com.
Printable Biotechnology/Imperial Valley Fact Sheet