Traditionally, landfill gas has escaped into the atmosphere through the slow decomposition of waste, or the flaring of waste to expedite the process, contributing greatly to greenhouse gas emissions and local smog.
Ameresco works as an intermediary between landfills, nearby facilities, local utilities and local governments to develop landfill gas-to energy (LFGTE) projects that capture this gas for electricity and heat, turning a harmful source of waste into a beneficial source of renewable energy.
The company, which has regional offices in Denver, designs, builds, maintains and operates renewable energy plants for facilities near landfills. These renewable energy projects safely divert landfill gas through extraction wells and pipe it to a landfill-gas-to-energy plant, where it is cleaned before specialized engines convert it to energy for use by the facility and, in many cases, the nearby community.
Watch the video below to see how Ox Mountain is helping to power Alameda and Palo Alto in California with an Ameresco system.