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A Green Power House Rises in Cellulose Valley: How the Flathead Valley is Helping Fund Its Own New Energy Economy

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The story of AACT and how it has grown has become a tale of a magical and amazing journey thanks to what so many in the local community have given! And that's the real point of this article. Amazing things are possible when individuals and communities come together to invest, to share, to imagine-- even in these challenging/changing economic times!! Speaking of investment opportunities, company cofounder, Michael Smith is not bashful in saying, "We're still looking for a few more strategic investors, to bring this vision to full realization." After all, the request is made in that magical spirit of believing "if you build it they will come," which has already been demonstrated so clearly by the Flathead's investors and volunteers, whose efforts infuse the twenty-first century production plant now rising just west of Columbia Falls.

For more pictures of the project and more information, interested parties can go to the Algae Aqua-Culture Technology page on Facebook at

Green Power House, January, 2012 by Steve Corrick

Author Steve Corrick, a Missoula, MT realtor, is a partner in AACT. Co-author Mayre Flowers is Executive Director of the Citizens for a Better Flathead. 


[1] Much like the innovation and investment that created the "Silicone Valley" in California and gave birth to much of the computer technology we take for granted today, the Flathead Valley and other rural natural resource areas have the potential to give birth to new industries that can add significant value to cellulose in wood or other biomass waste products.

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[2] Dick Swope, tragically, died suddenly while skiing at Big Mountain in early January, 2011, having spent his last morning watching the pouring of the concrete platform on which the Green Power House (named in his honor) now stands.

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Steve Corrick is a teacher of Transcendental Meditation, an investor/developer of biomass-based renewable energy and soil technologies, and a long-time fighter for paper-ballot-based elections and for sustainable use and renewal of the world's (more...)

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