Ameresco has completed a 16-megawatt landfill-gas-to-energy project in Illinois.
The facility, near Rockford, Illinois at the Orchard Hills Generating Station, will be the fourth biogas-fueled project Amerseco operates for Hoosier Energy. It is powered by six 620 GE Jenbacher engines.
As landfill waste decomposes, it produces a number of pollutants including methane, a potent greenhouse gas with a global warming potential more than 25 times that of carbon dioxide. Municipal solid waste landfills are the second-largest industrial source of methane emissions in the US, accounting for 20 percent of methane emissions in 2014, according to the EPA.
Landfill-gas-to-energy projects, which capture methane and convert it to electricity, not only produce renewable energy but also prevents emissions, helping energy companies and municipalities hit their renewable energy targets.
“The Orchard Hills generating station plays an important role in Hoosier Energy’s renewables program,” said Rob Horton said Hoosier Energy vice president, power production, in a statement.
According to the EPA, 3 megawatts of renewable energy generated by landfill gas-to-energy projects is equal to preventing the carbon emissions emitted by the use 16.6 million gallons of gasoline. Landfill owners, utilities, developers and communities can receive project development and financing assistance for landfill gas-to-energy projects through the EPA’s Landfill Methane Outreach Program.