Sierra Pacific Industries Sonora

14980 Camage Avenue
Sonora, Sonora Co. CA 95370-9287
Size (MWs) 10.9
Direct Employees 12
Dedicated Indirect Jobs Sierra Pacific Industries Sonora is responsible for approximately 25 dedicated indirect jobs, including fuel suppliers involved in collection, processing and transport of biomass fuel.
Senate District SD 8, Andreas Borgeas, R
Assembly District AD 5, Frank Bigelow, R
Congressional District CD 4, Tom McClintock, R

Sierra Pacific Industries turns “wood waste” into energy for homes and businesses through eight state-of-the-art cogeneration plants – 6 in California and two in Washington. Together, these facilities produce over 150 megawatts of electrical power. That is enough power for 150,000 homes. Bark, sawdust, and other low-grade byproducts of the sawmill manufacturing process is the primary fuel for our on-site cogeneration facilities. Some of the power produced is used to operate the mill where it is generated. Excess electricity is sold to local public utilities and to energy service providers, helping to reduce the nation’s dependence on fossil fuels.

Wood waste from the forest is also utilized in the cogeneration process. Unmerchantable wood (small trees & branches) is selectively removed and processed to improve the remaining stand of timber in areas where trees are too dense and pose a fire danger. Clean renewable energy production and environmental stewardship go hand in hand.