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LOWELL, Mich. (WZZM) - A new source of renewable energy will be providing power to Lowell in the near future.

Thursday morning, the city broke ground on a new anaerobic digester, or Waste-to-Energy Facility. There are fewer than 200 waste-to-energy facilities in the U.S. compared to 7,000 in Germany.

Lowell Energy is partnering with neighboring communities to provide them with a better way to get rid of their waste. The plant will keep waste out of landfills and sewers while providing 800 kilowatts of renewable energy to Lowell Energy.

Construction on the plant will begin in September. It should begin operations in 2015.