Commercial operations begin at landfill gas-to-energy project
Aria Energy, a provider of baseload renewable energy, has started commercial operations and renewable energy production at Sarasota County's Central County Solid Waste Disposal Complex located in Nokomis, Florida.
The Sarasota project is a 4.8MW landfill gas-to-energy facility that produces renewable energy by capturing and processing the methane gas generated at the landfill through organic decomposition. Aria Energy designed, built, owns and operates the facility, and sells the electricity to JEA under a power purchase agreement. The amount of renewable energy produced at the facility is the equivalent of the electricity needed to supply over 2,800 homes, according to US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates.
Richard M. DiGia, president and CEO of Aria Energy, says: 'This facility is a prime example of how municipalities, utilities and the private sector can collaborate to bring clean and reliable renewable energy to their constituents and customers.'
The EPA estimates that a 4.8MW landfill gas-to-energy project reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 236,000 tonnes each year, due to the reduction in methane emissions from the landfill and reduced consumption of fossil fuels. This reduction is equivalent to the carbon dioxide emissions from the consumption of 26.5 million gallons of petrol.
SOURCE: Aria Energy