10/9/14 – 7:22 A.M.
Methane gas created by the Hancock County landfill will now serve a beneficial purpose. The Courier reports a gas-to-energy conversion project has been completed. The project was a joint collaboration between Hancock County, Granger Energy Services, and the Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative.
The new plant will generate around 3.2 megawatts of electricity. That’s enough to provide renewable energy to around 2,000 homes and businesses.
Landfill gasses are about 50 percent methane. Perforated pipes in the ground collect the gas, which is then processed and used as fuel for generators. The electricity generated by the landfill is then distributed to the utility grid.
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