and Republic Services develop gas to energy plant
The Republic Services Vasco Road Landfill
located in Livermore, California, will be home to a new 4.3 megawatt
landfill gas-to-electricity plant that will be designed, built,
owned and operated by Ameresco, Inc.
As part of this $13 million project, Ameresco
plans to capture the landfill gas generated at the Vasco Road
Landfill and use it as fuel to generate power for homes and businesses
in the Santa Clara and San Francisco Bay area. The project is
scheduled to commence operations in late 2012.
Ameresco has entered into a 20-year Power
Purchase Agreement with Silicon Valley Power, the City of Santa
Clara’s electric utility, for the power from the project. As
part of California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, the state
required retail sellers of electricity to serve 20 percent of
their load with renewable energy by 2010. Now, all utilities
must serve 33 percent of their load with renewable energy by
The Vasco Road Landfill, which is owned and
operated by Republic Services, opened in 2001 and is one of the
main recipients of refuse from residents and businesses in the
North Livermore rural area. The landfill covers 323 acres of
land and employs more than 14 area residents.