Landfill gas project will generate power from waste in Georgia

May 9, 2014 0 By Amanda Giasson

Landfill Gas - Garbage in landfill

Pecan Row waste-to-energy facility is completed in Valdosta, Georgia.

Advanced Disposal, a privately owned United States environmental services group, partnered with leading energy services provider, Energy Systems Group (ESG), to plan and construct a landfill gas to electricity plant that the two organizations will own and operate at the Pecan Row Landfill.

The new renewable energy plant is anticipated to generate over 4 MW of power.

The Pecan Row waste to electricity plant is expected to produce enough energy to power an estimated 2,000 homes or 4.8 megawatts (MW) of power. Energy will be generated by capturing gas from landfills. This gas is naturally produced from rotting garbage in the landfills. The gas will be used as source of fuel for powering generators. Green Power EMC, a non-profit corporation, will buy the energy that is produced from the plant through a long-term PPA (power purchase agreement).

Capturing the gasses will significantly benefit the environment, as it is believed this sustainable project is the same as planting an estimated 38,000 acres of forest each year or removing the emissions from over 34,000 cars annually. The new green facility meets the criteria for a federal investment tax credit.

The landfill gas resource will be a source of renewable energy in Georgia for a long time.

“This landfill gas resource will provide a long-term source of green, renewable electricity for the citizens of Georgia and fosters a collaborative partnership among key stakeholders in the field of electricity. We’re in the business of a clean and green environment,” said Advanced Disposal’s vice president of landfills, Gerald Allen.

The President of Energy Systems Group, Greg Collins, commented that ESG was very lucky to be able to partner with Advanced Disposal and Green Power EMC because this great partnership is what brings about the completion of ground-breaking projects like the waste-to-energy power plant. Collins said that ESG is proud to be a part of this important investment in the community and to improve “the environment by converting waste into a power resource.”

The Pecan Row landfill gas project is ESG’s third project of this type in Georgia and is the organization’s sixth in total in the U.S.