Provided by Fortistar
While landfills are the third-largest source of human-related methane emissions in the United States, they also offer an incredible opportunity to capture and convert this potent greenhouse gas to clean renewable energy. To see and learn first-hand how this is done, the public and media are invited to tour a renewable landfill gas to energy (LFG) plant at the Prince William County Landfill during Prince William County Recycles Day on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 10:00 a. m. to 2:00 p. m. Fortistar, the owner and operator of Prince William Energy LFG plant, is a sponsor of the event and will be hosting free tours of the facility.
Fortistar’s 6.8 MW LFG plant in Manassas generates enough clean, renewable energy to power more than 4,355 local homes. Upwards of 100 underground extraction wells across the landfill capture the LFG to convert into renewable energy. The company financed, built and operates the plant and the energy is purchased by Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC) to power thousands of local homes.
“Counties across the nation are increasingly looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint and at the same time generate revenue. Capturing greenhouse gases from landfill trash and converting it into renewable energy is a winning solution for every community,” said Mark Comora, President of Fortistar. “We’re proud to be a partner with both Prince William County and NOVEC, and congratulate the County on another year hosting this fantastic community event.”
This year’s Prince William Recycles Day theme is “Recycling Matters”, and the event aims to reinforce the importance of waste reduction, recycling, and buying recycled products to the local community. Featured performers will include “The Recycling Pirates of the Good Life Theater”, a puppet show created entirely from recycled trash materials.
“Recycling is a dynamic program,” says Deborah Campbell, Prince William County Solid Waste Division. “Things are always changing. The array of materials that can be recycled increases and the convenience of recycling opportunities improve. Recycles Day is a one on one, fun way to educate residents.”
For more information about Prince William Recycles Day, visit pwcgov.org/trashandrecycling.
To learn more about Fortistar’s LFG to energy projects across the U.S., visit fortistar.com.