"It's exciting to do things in your home state … This is our baby."
— Kyle Mowitz, president of Imperium Energy
DOVER — Preparations for a new alternative energy park, slated to break ground in 2011 at an old phosphate mine, are chugging right along.
Developers with Imperium Energy LLC say they're in the final stages of designing the 3,000-square-foot park at State Road 60 and Turkey Creek.
In an area in dire need of an economic boost, the park's announcement proved to be big news in 2010.
The facility will look like a typical industrial building from the outside, said Imperium president Kyle Mowitz, but inside it will be much more attractive, largely because Imperium plans to offer educational tours.
"That's the fun part," Mowitz said.
The project recently got a financial boost when the government extended Bush-era tax cuts. Included in that package were cash grants through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax, of which Imperium received $150 million.
Mowitz said a new website will launch in January to update the community on the project's progress, in addition to attracting local job seekers. He promises that the park will create hundreds of permanent positions and more than 1,000 temporary construction jobs.
"For the most part, things have been pretty smooth sailing," Mowitz said. "It's been a good process."
Four types of energy will be housed there: waste to gas, solar, aquaculture and hydroponic agriculture. And no, Mowitz still promises, the facility will not stink.
Kim Wilmath, Times staff writer