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Landfill Gas to Energy! Republic Services uses methane to power 1600 homes
Landfill Gas to Energy!  Republic Services uses methane to power 1600 homes

Methane is a normal by-product of decomposition in landfills. At Republic Services' Forward landfill in Eastern San Joaquin County, they have harnessed the methane and converted it into power. Republic Services, in cooperation with Ameresco, the largest renewable energy firm in the country, have constructed a 4.3 megawatt twin-turbine power plant next to the Austin Road landfill that runs on the methane pulled out of the nearby landfill. The generated power is sent to the PG&E grid and then to Silicon Valley Power, where it is used to supply 1600 homes in Santa Clara.

"Republic Services lets nothing go to waste," said General Manager Kevin Basso at last Thursday's Grand Opening. He explained that the project supports the state's renewable power goals while reducing gas-related groundwater contamination. San Joaquin Board of Supervisors Chairman Bob Elliott praised the project, saying Republic Services has found innovative uses for what is waste and "turns trash into treasure." Republic Services partnered with Ameresco, Inc. on the design, development and management of the new projects. Republic Services and Ameresco have partnered on seven other projects nationwide, generating more than 65 megawatts of power. "Republic Services is to be applauded for having the foresight to help advance both the Vasco Road Landfill and Forward Landfill projects to help meet their economic and sustainability goals through the measurable financial and energy benefits these initiatives provide," said Michael Bakas, senior vice president of Ameresco.

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