Aria Energy and Casella Waste Systems to develop renewable energy project at Juniper Ridge Landfill
Aria Energy, a provider of baseload renewable energy, will partner with Casella Waste Systems, a regional solid waste, recycling and resource management services company, to develop, build, own and operate a 4.8MW landfill gas-to-energy project located at the Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town, Maine, US.
The facility, which will utilise methane gas generated through organic decomposition in the state-owned landfill, will potentially meet the power needs of over 4,800 homes with renewable energy. Construction is expected to commence in early 2016, with operations expected to commence in 2017.
This project involves extracting gas from within the landfill and delivering the gas to a generation facility where it is converted into energy and will supply the New England electric grid. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), landfill gas-to-energy projects reduce reliance on non-renewable energy resources, such as natural gas, coal, or petroleum. The EPA estimates that 4.8MW of energy produced from landfill gas is equivalent to preventing carbon emissions generated by the consumption of 24.4 million gallons of petrol annually.
Aria Energy currently provides operation and maintenance services for three additional landfill gas-to-energy facilities owned by Casella Waste Systems: the 6.4MW facility in Morrisonville, New York; the 8MW Hyland facility in Angelica, New York; and the 8MW Coventry facility in Newport, Vermont. Aria Energy also owns and operates the 11.2MW Ontario facility in Stanley, New York at a landfill operated by Casella Waste Systems.