Power opens landfill gas project in Florida
Gulf Power’s Landfill Gas-to-Energy facility
started commercial operations in October, producing 3,200 kilowatts
– enough renewable energy to power more than 900 homes.
It is the first renewable energy generation facility owned and
operated by Gulf Power, and the first landfill gas facility by
its parent Southern Company. The energy capacity can be expanded
as landfill methane gas production expands in the future.
The partnership between Gulf Power and Escambia County was launched
officially in February, when Gulf Power broke ground on its $5.3-million
facility. Gulf Power has a contract with Escambia County for
the purchase of landfill gas and with LFG Technologies Development
to build and operate the landfill gas-to-energy facility.
Municipal solid waste landfills are the second largest human-generated
source of methane emissions in the United States and methane
is one of the most potent forms of greenhouse gases – 21 times
more potent than carbon dioxide, according to the Environmental
Escambia County has a collection system in place and pipes the
gas to the facility, where it is processed for use by the specially
designed Caterpillar 1,600-kilowatt landfill gas generators.
Water separated from the landfill gas will be re-used by the
Landfill for its leachate system.