Sunshine Gas Starts Landfill Gas to Energy Unit in California

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

October 19, 2014

1 Min Read
Sunshine Gas Starts Landfill Gas to Energy Unit in California

Sunshine Gas Producers has begun generating electricity from landfill gas at a newly constructed facility in Sylmar, Calif.

Sunshine, the joint venture between Ann Arbor, Mich.-based DTE Biomass Energy and Novi, Mich.-based EIF Renewable Energy Holdings, built the facility at the Sunshine Canyon Landfill in Sylmar, owned and operated by Phoenix-based Republic Services Inc., according to a news release.

DTE Biomass Energy, which developed and operates the project, said commercial operation has begun of a 20-megawatt facility at the landfill. Landfill gas generated at the site will be converted into electricity and sold to Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) under a long-term power purchase agreement.

The power plant, which includes five turbine generators and four employees, is capable of generating enough renewable electricity to power nearly 25,000 California homes.

"This is the successful result of more than 10 years of effort, which has been made possible by strong partnerships with Republic Services, PG&E and Landfill Energy Systems (an EIF unit)," said Mark Cousino, DTE Biomass Energy president.

The new facility also helps California fulfill its 33-percent renewable energy goal.

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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