Ameresco, a provider of solutions for the renewable energy industry, has completed the construction of its 1.4MW landfill gas-to-energy project at Johnson Canyon Landfill in California.

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The company designed, built and now operates the renewable energy facility and SVSWA owns the landfill site. Under a 20 year power purchase agreement, the city of Palo Alto will buy the renewable energy. A portion of the revenues from the sale of the power will be returned to the SVSWA for the duration of the contract.

The plant diverts landfill gas through extraction wells and pipes to a landfill gas-to-energy plant, where it is cleaned before converted into electricity.

The mayor of Palo Alto Gregory Scharff says: ‘This landfill gas-to-energy project will not only help our city become more energy efficient, but will also provide a more sustainable future for Palo Alto and its residents. It generates enough clean energy to power nearly 1,000 homes and will reduce our community’s carbon footprint.’

The ribbon cutting ceremony was held on 12 September 2013.

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