The city has a 20-year agreement with Lincoln Electric System (LES) to purchase and convert all methane gas recovered from the Bluff Road Landfill to electricity. The LFGTE facility has a capacity of 4.8 megawatts of power, the city said in a news release.
The plant will go online officially Oct. 14.
LES will purchase about 300,000 million BTUs of landfill gas from the city each year to produce electricity capable of serving about 2,500 local households. LES has the first right to additional gas generated from any further expansions of the project. LES also has a 15-year extension option at the end of the 20-year agreement.
LES spent $11.3 million on the project, while the city spent $2.2 million to drill 54 wells. The city’s part was funded through fees paid by landfill users.