The new, state-of-the-art plant uses methane gas produced by Marin’s trash at the Redwood Landfill to power two reciprocating engines that generate 3.9 megawatts of electricity 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This renewable energy source closes the loop on trash by turning a greenhouse gas, which was previously destroyed, into electricity. A sophisticated, multi-step scrubbing system also ensures this plant is the first of its kind to be nearly emissions free. The scrubbing system removes carbon particulates, sulphur oxides, nitrogen oxides and carbon dioxide.
At $14.5 million, the plant reflects Waste Management’s commitment to finding environmentally sustainable solutions to its operations, and MCE’s goal to provide 100% renewable energy service as close to customers as possible.