Clemson University and power producer Santee Cooper, with the help of Williamsburg County pig farm in South Carolina, are hoping to complete the loop from animal waste to electricity with the Burrows Hall Renewable Energy Facility.

The 180-kilowatt facility is expected to be in operation this summer, according to officials, and will produce enough energy to power 90 average-sized homes. The project has implications for poultry and dairy farms in addition to pig farms, and some upstate poultry farmers are already looking into the idea. “This is a demonstration project to show this is feasible within the state,” said Marc Tye, Santee Cooper’s vice president of conservation and renewable energy.