Partnering to Produce Green Energy
Koda Energy is a partnership between Rahr Malting and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community that creates environmentally friendly energy from burning dry biomass fuels.
Considerably cleaner than a coal plant and considered CO2 neutral, this combined heat and power plant is the only facility in the United States which burns exclusively natural, non-manmade materials. Using a suspension boiler for maximum efficiency to burn only renewable products, its heat conversion rate is approximately 87% (coal's conversion rate is about 63%). The combined heat and power plant is located on the Rahr Malting property in Shakopee. Koda Energy originally opened in May 2009 as one of the first facilities of its kind in the United States. The redesigned Koda Energy opened in February 2014.
What is Biomass?
Biomass is fuel developed from organic materials. It is a renewable and sustainable source of energy used to create electricity or other forms of power. Koda Energy converts natural materials such as wood chips, saw dust, ground pallets, oat hulls, dry agricultural waste, barley and malt by-products from the Rahr malting process, and other natural materials into clean energy. The resulting heat and electricity is more than enough to power Rahr Malting Company's operations. Excess power is sold directly to Xcel Energy®.
Clean, Green Energy
Each year, the energy produced by Koda saves 382,539 metric tons of greenhouse gasses from being released into the atmosphere – equivalent to taking 80,534 cars off the road annually.
A Friend to the Environment
“Koda” (pronounced koh-da) means “friend” in the Dakota Language.