Renewable energy company Fibrowatt has proposed a commercial power plant for southern Virginia that would run on poultry litter, according to WHSV-TV in Page County, Va.

The plant would burn poultry litter to produce steam that turns turbine generators. The ash formed as a result of the burning could be used as fertilizer, the company said.

Page County Supervisor John Woodward told the television station that the county is researching possible impacts of the plant on the county, including environmental effects and use of roads. If the project is approved, construction would begin no sooner than early 2011, he said.

 Fibrowatt is a subsidiary of Homeland Renewable Energy Inc., which specializes in power plants that use poultry litter as an energy source.