A Southington company has received a $2 million loan from the Connecticut Green Bank to build a $12 million food-waste-to-energy-plant. When complete, the $12 million project will produce up to 1.1 megawatts of electricity, or enough to power up to 800 homes.

Southington recycler Quantum Biopower has received approval from the Southington Planning & Zoning committee to put Connecticut's first food recycling and anaerobic digestion facility on 65 acres in the town.

If all goes according to plan, local supermarkets, hotels and other businesses could be utilizing a waste-to-energy service approved by the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission last week to occupy the area alongside the mulch operation by December.