A Connecticut biogas plant is nearing the finish line and will start up by the end of the year, according to Brian Paganini, vice president of Quantum Biopower.

On Tuesday, Yale representatives attended a ribbon cutting ceremony dedicated to Quantum Biopower, Connecticut’s first food waste-to-energy facility in Southington. Beginning operations at the start of 2017, the new facility will help the University expand its composting efforts and further its sustainability goals.

Quantum Biopower completed building the equipment this fall and is waiting for final permits from state environmental regulators before it can start using the plant. It will process 40,000 tons of waste food a year to generate enough burnable gas to make 1.2 mega-watts of electricity, enough energy to power at least 700 homes a year. Southington will buy some of the electricity to power its buildings.