Landfill Gas to Energy plant earns ‘Project of the Year’ recognition
|Officials from Sarasota County and Aria Energy celebrate the grand opening of the Landfill Gas to Energy facility in 2015.|
SARASOTA COUNTY – The Landfill Gas to Energy facility recently earned Project of the Year honors from the American Society of Civil Engineers Suncoast Branch.
The result of a public-private partnership between Landfill Energy Systems Florida LLC (Aria Energy) and Sarasota County, the Sarasota County project is a landfill gas-to-energy facility that produces renewable energy by capturing and processing the methane gas generated at the landfill.
Aria Energy designed, built, owns and operates the facility at Sarasota County’s Central County Solid Waste Disposal Complex, located at 4000 Knights Trail Road, Nokomis.
The renewable energy produced at the facility is being sold to Jacksonville Electricity Authority (JEA), supplying electricity to approximately 2,800 homes.
“This is a great example of repurposing a waste product such as landfill gas into a valuable resource,” said Sarasota County Solid Waste Manager Larry Alexander. “The entire community, and the environment, benefit from this partnership. In addition, this innovative technology shows Sarasota County’s commitment to clean energy and a sustainable future.”
Construction on the gas to energy facility was significantly completed in February, 2015, and the facility celebrated its grand opening the same year during a public ribbon cutting.