Rumpke is partnering with Energy Developments (EDL) to construct a landfill gas-to-electric generating (LFGTE) facility at the Brown County Landfill in Georgetown, Ohio. The 4.8 mega-watt facility is estimated to produce enough electricity to power nearly 3,000 homes. The electricity will go directly from the site to American Municipal Power (AMP) in Ohio.
“Rumpke has been on the forefront of landfill gas to energy projects,” Rumpke President and CEO Bill Rumpke Jr. said in a statement. “We started harvesting landfill gas at our site in Colerain Township in 1986 and today it remains one of the world’s largest landfill gas to direct energy pipeline systems. The Brown County system will be our third recovery system, and we are excited to see it come online.”
Currently, Rumpke recovers landfill gases through 80 gas wells throughout the site and directs the gases to a central flare system where they are destroyed.
“Recycling landfill gas allows us to reduce greenhouse gases produced at the site while at the same time providing the region access to a cleaner energy source. It’s a great example of elevating waste to a higher value-reuse as valuable energy,” Rumpke said. “We have been working toward this plant for years, and we are very excited to have found a long-term partner.”
“EDL is proud to partner with Rumpke on this project,” said Steve Cowman, president and CEO of EDL’s U.S. operating business said in a statement. “The Brown County project fits in with our strategic growth plan to expand our US renewable portfolio through the development of new greenfield sites.”
The plant is expected to be operational by April 2017.
EDL is an Australia based clean and remote energy supplier with operations in Australia, the United States and Europe. The EDL business model is to build, own and operate distributed power generation.