SHIPMAN BUSINESS PARK — The recent history of biofuel development on the Big Island has been a discouraging one. A handful of startups were announced with great fanfare in recent years, but were sunk by the global credit crunch, falling oil prices and community opposition.

Yet despite the odds, one company has survived and is on track to serve the island with up to 5.5 million gallons of biodiesel per year, or 16,000 gallons a day. More than a year and a half after groundbreaking, Big Island Biodiesel’s $12 million plant, located in the Shipman Business Park, is on track to start collecting used cooking oil and vegetable oils, and selling refined biodiesel, in late July.

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