Foothill Landfill Celebrates Grand Opening of Completed Gas-to-Energy Project

Grand opening celebration at the Foothill Landfill on November 13, 2014 to recognize the completion of its 4.3 MWe landfill gas-to-energy project, which is expected to generate clean energy to power nearly 2,600 local homes annually

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Ameresco Inc. and San Joaquin County joined efforts to open a  4.3 megawatt (MWe) landfill gas-to-energy (LFGTE) project at the Foothill Landfill in Linden, CA.

“San Joaquin County is to be commended for its leadership in advancing the Foothill Landfill project to help meet the County’s economic, environmental and sustainability goals,” said Michael Bakas, Senior Vice President, Ameresco.  “We are excited to partner with the County on the project and expect it will provide measureable financial and energy benefits that will be instrumental in attaining the County’s goals and help support the community’s requirements for the long-term.”

“The County of San Joaquin is committed to sustainability and the entire community is working together to make a measurable difference,” said Desi Reno, Integrated Waste Manager for San Joaquin County Department of Public Works.  “The landfill and the landfill gas-to-energy facility are evidence of our dedication and commitment to our long-term strategy supporting initiatives for a sustainable future.”

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Reno continued, “The facility on the Foothill Landfill is expected to generate 4.3MWe of clean energy which will provide clean power for more than 2,600 local homes annually.  Between the clean power and our organic approach to vegetation management utilizing sheep to naturally trim the growing vegetation at the site, we are making great strides towards achieving our environmental goals and sustainability objectives.”

“To bring this project to fruition, Ameresco partnered with the City of Palo Alto to provide the residents with clean energy at affordable prices,” added Ameresco’s Bakas. “We are truly fortunate to have the citizens of Palo Alto as clients. With the addition of the clean energy from this new renewable resource, Ameresco anticipates that the total electricity delivered for the Palo Alto community from Ameresco’s renewable projects will be approximately 125,000 MWh annually, while removing equivalently almost 66,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year from the environment which has the same effect as the removal of the carbon dioxide emissions from 83 million gallons of gasoline consumed by cars per year.”

“We are delighted to partner with Ameresco to purchase the renewable power generated at the Foothill Landfill facility,” said Nancy Shepherd, Mayor for the City of Palo Alto. “Landfill gas-to-energy projects play a critical role as they provide base-load generation at a competitive price and allow our customers to benefit from a reliable, renewable source of power.”

By using the landfill gas for these beneficial reuse projects and replacing fossil fuels, the combined direct and avoided emissions reduced for the 4.3 MWe produced from the Foothill LFGTE project is equivalent to the following annual benefits: CO2 emissions from 23.8 million gallons of gasoline consumed or carbon sequestered by 173,288 acres of U.S. forests in one year.