Honey Lake Power

Pacific Biochar x Honey Lake Power

Biochar Carbon Removal Project

Project Description:

Pacific Biochar Benefit Corporation partners with Honey Lake Power in Wendell, CA to produce biochar from their bioenergy facility.  HLP is a net 30MW woody biomass electrical generation facility located east of Susanville in Lassen County California. The plant is a qualified in-state base load renewable resource (CEC# #60077E) that has been consistently providing renewable energy since 1989.

HLP utilizes a Zurn travelling grate wood fired boiler and General Electric steam turbine generator to generate between 175,000 and 200,000 MWhs annually. The boiler is equipped with multi-clones and an electrostatic precipitator for particulate control, ammonia injection for NOx control, and sodium bicarbonate reagent for sulfur dioxide control. HLP operates under a Title V Permit and is compliant with all Federal, State, and Regional regulations.

HLP utilizes between 150,000 and 175,000 bone dry tons of woody biomass each year, of which no less than 80% is forest biomass sourced from designated high hazard wildfire areas. Additionally, the project uses 250°F groundwater from a geothermal well to preheat its boiler feed water, reducing it net plant heat rate by approximately 7%.

The biochar produced is sold or deployed primarily to farmers and other landowners in California and Nevada to improve crop production and leave behind a legacy of fertile soil.

Project Start Date:

Anticipated in Q2, 2024

Project Location:

Wendell, California


High hazard wildfire fuels from nearby management areas (>80%)

Walnut shell

Organic Carbon Content:

Anticipated 85% average

Hydrogen to Organic Carbon Ratio:

Anticipated 0.2 average

Biochar Application Type:

Direct Soil Application

Compost Amendments

Biochar Application Location:




Wildfire risk mitigation

Crop yield improvements

Green jobs

Waste reduction

Soil water holding capacity improvement

Annual Production Capacity:

Anticipated 3,700+ tonnes of biochar

Anticipated 10,000+ tonnes of CO2e

Standard and Methodology:

Climate Action Reserve