Fortistar Dedicates a 4.8 Megawatt Landfill Energy Expansion Facility in Virginia.
WHITE PLAINS, New York-December 4, 2013 - Additional Virginia residents are waking up to homes newly powered by renewable energy fueled by a byproduct of their trash.
Fortistar is proud to announce the completion of its new 4.8 megawatt (MW) renewable landfill energy facility in Prince William County, an expansion to its 1.9 MW facility currently in operation at the site since 1998. The facility will provide between 4,000 to 5,000 Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC) customer homes with renewable power. This project created over 75 jobs during the construction and commissioning period.
Beginning with local residents throwing out their trash, collected by local haulers and transported to the Prince William County Landfill for disposal, the Prince William Solid Waste Division manages the trash for good use. The landfill system is specifically set up to capture and process the gas produced by the decaying trash disposed in the landfill. This gas is collected and fed into engines that generate electricity that NOVEC delivers to its customers - local residents. Fortistar built, owns and operates the landfill gas to energy facility.
Fortistar sells 100% of the facility's electrical energy output to NOVEC under a long term sales arrangement. In addition, a portion of the proceeds received from the energy sales are returned to the County as royalties, thereby lowering costs for the operation of the Landfill.
The County Landfill is located in the Coles Magestrial District, which is represented by Board of County supervisor Martin E. Nohe. "Managing solid waste is one aspect of local government that most residents would rather not think about. But projects like this one, in which a natural by-product of our household garbage is converted from a pollutant to a source of clean electrical power is something that the entire community can be proud of," reflects Nohe.
"This is a great example of a public/private partnership" commented Tom Smith, Solid Waste Division Chief for Prince William County. "We are able to create local renewable power for local residents, and at the same time, have a cost effective system to control, collect and treat landfill gas to meet and exceed regulatory requirements."
Mark Comora President of Fortistar commented, "We are excited to expand and extend our productive partnership with both Prince William County and NOVEC and look forward to being a contributing member of the community for the next 15 years".
Senator Warner commented, "As a nation, we are at a decision point. We must act now to promote energy conservation, as well as develop more domestic energy sources...I commend your innovative efforts to produce clean energy that meets the environmental challenges of today".
The Prince William County Solid Waste Division (SWD) provides solid waste management, recycling, composting and waste resource education to over 400,000 residents. The division employees more than 50 people and operates the only active Extraordinary Environmental Excellence (E4) rated landfill in Virginia, the highest level of certification awarded by Virginia Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) Environmental Excellence Program (VEEP). In 2013, the SWD also earned the Governor's Environmental Excellence Gold Medal Award for its Sustainability Program. The SWD is a part of the Prince William County Works Department, an accredited agency of the American Public Works Association.
About Fortistar in Virginia
Fortistar strongly supports the state of Virginia's "all of the above" renewable energy approach. Energy from landfills is a proven cost effective source of renewable energy and can be a part of every community's energy strategy. This project adds to an existing 1.8 MW landfill energy project at the same landfill and a 2012 commissioned 6.4 MW renewable landfill energy project in Henrico County - bringing our total Virginia generation to over 13 MW of renewable power, keeping over 10,000 Virginia homes lit - helping solidify Virginia as a renewable energy leader. Strong ties to the community in terms of participating in local environmental / educational programs, allowing tours and providing educational materials on the benefits of using landfill gas for energy generation. For more information, please visit va.fortistar.com and www.fortistar.com.