Yolo County consolidates partnership with Mainspring for biogas project
Mainspring, a clean power generation provider, announced that the product will run on biogas produced by the landfill to generate electricity that can be used for site operations and exported to the grid. Landfill biogas, a natural byproduct of the decomposition of organic material in landfills, when not controlled, produces significant amounts of methane emissions.
Municipal solid waste landfills are the third-largest source of human-related methane emissions in the US. The landfills provide an important opportunity to capture and sustainability use this significant energy resource to generate renewable electricity. In turn, this can reduce emissions and prevent methane from migrating into the atmosphere and contributing to local smog and global climate change.
The company said that the pilot exemplifies Yolo's ongoing leadership and commitment to sustainability by implementing innovative solutions to both energy and waste management.
“Yolo County has always been at the forefront of new technologies, and we are proud and committed to continue our efforts,” stated Yolo County supervisor Angel Barajas. “In the past several years, under the leadership of our director of integrated waste management division, Ramin Yazdani, Yolo County has implemented significant projects to divert organic waste from the landfill and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
"This partnership with Mainspring is another example of such projects that will increase electricity production at our landfill and will pave the future for others that are looking to improve air quality and increase electricity production while reducing operation and maintenance cost of power production.”
“We are excited to partner with Mainspring and continue to demonstrate the production of renewable electricity using a new and innovative technology that has the potential to increase the efficiency of electricity production and reduce air emissions,” stated the director of integrated waste management at Yolo County Ramin Yazdani.