Republic Services and Mas Energy Announce New Renewable Energy Project

The project will produce enough renewable energy to power 15,000 households and represents one of the largest landfill gas-to-energy portfolios in Georgia.
Republic Services Richland Creek Landfill Renewable Energy Facility in the City of Buford.

Republic Services Richland Creek Landfill Renewable Energy Facility in the City of Buford.

Atlanta—Phoenix-based Republic Services and Mas Energy LLC of Florida uncovered a new renewable energy project designed to serve Metro Atlanta which involves landfill gas-to-energy facilities at three area landfills. Together, these facilities will generate 24.1 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 15,665 households. The three area landfills are located in Buford, Griffin and Winder.

“We believe in leading by example in everything we do,” said Jamey Amick, area president of Republic Services. “The modern landfill presents new opportunity to harness energy from yesterday’s waste and convert it to meet tomorrow’s energy needs. We are proud to partner once again with Mas Energy to generate a renewable energy source that makes a meaningful and lasting environmental difference in the state of Georgia.”

Gas conditioning system that hydrates and cleans the gas prior to combustion in the engine generators.

Gas conditioning system that hydrates and cleans the gas prior to combustion in the engine generators.

Landfill gas-to-energy projects are designed to capture methane, a byproduct of the normal decomposition of waste, and routing it to a series of engines which will afterwards convert the methane into electricity for the local power grid.

The project is part of Republic’s Blue Planet sustainability initiative. The company defines its approach to environmental responsibility through decreased emissions, innovative landfill technologies, use of renewable energy, community engagement and employee growth opportunities.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), three megawatts of renewable energy generated by landfill gas-to-energy projects is the equivalent of preventing the carbon emissions emitted by the use of 16.6 million gallons of gasoline. Based on EPA calculations, this project prevents carbon emissions that would otherwise be emitted by the use of more than 132 million gallons of gasoline.

Other partners in Republic and Mas Energy’s renewable energy project include Georgia Power, I Squared Capital, Crowder Construction Company and Nixon Energy.