Republic Services, Inc. and Mas Energy, LLC plan a new renewable energy project serving Metro Atlanta. The project involves landfill gas-to-energy facilities at three area landfills, located in the cities of Buford, Griffin and Winder. Together, these facilities are capable of generating 24.1 MW of electricity, or enough renewable energy to power 15,665 households.
Landfill gas-to-energy projects like these involve capturing methane, a byproduct of the normal decomposition of waste, from the subsurface and routing the methane to a series of engines. These engines convert the methane into electricity, which can be distributed to the local power grid.
Based upon EPA calculations, this project prevents carbon emissions that would otherwise be emitted by the use of more than 132 million gallons of gasoline.
Jamey Amick, area president of Republic Services, said:
"We believe in leading by example in everything we do. The modern landfill presents new opportunity to harness energy from yesterday's waste and convert it to meet tomorrow's energy needs. We are proud to partner once again with Mas Energy to generate a renewable energy source that makes a meaningful and lasting environmental difference in the state of Georgia."