Landfill gas-to-energy and solar installations are common in the U.S. Now that setup is headed to Australia for the first time.
The Northern Adelaide Waste Management Authority (NAWMA), in partnership with Joule Energy, is developing the new facility. It will generate approximately 2000 megawatt hours of renewable electricity each year.
Bioenergy Insight has the story:
“Solar generation systems on landfills, and neighbouring buffer zones, provide an economically viable reuse for sites that may have significant clean-up costs and little potential for commercial or residential development. Considering this, NAWMA took the opportunity to partner with Joule Energy, an Australian owned, Adelaide based company who specialises in solar on landfills, to develop the solar generation facility to be situated on the Uleybury Landfill.”
The new solar farm, which will consist of 11,000 solar PV panels, is designed to integrate with the landfill gas renewable energy facility situated at the Uleybury landfill, supplementing its output. The collective electricity generated from both energy sources is expected to be over 11,000 megawatt hours per annum, enough to power more than 1,800 homes. By combining both landfill gas energy generation with solar, NAWMA claims the new facility will generate renewable energy 24 hours a day, seven days a week.