10 Jun 2013 12:06:51
Municipality of Celaya partners with ENER-G on landfill gas generation project
The Mexican Municipality of Celaya has appointed renewable energy specialist ENER-G to build and operate a landfill gas management facility at its Tinajitas Landfill in Celaya. This is ENER-G's third Mexican renewable energy project.
ENER-G is investing £1.5 million in the landfill gas generation project, which will capture the methane gas emitted from 1.5 million tons of waste and convert it into one megawatt (MW) of renewable energy. This is sufficient to supply 1,000 homes with renewable electricity.
The facility is expected to begin power generation towards the end of 2013 and it is projected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 40,000 tons CO2 equivalent per year, equivalent to the environmental benefit of carbon sequestered annually by 29,744 acres of forest.
Celaya's city mayor, Mr. Ismael Perez Ordaz said: "We are proud to announce this partnership with ENER-G, which will use advanced technology to create renewable energy from waste. This will help the city to reduce its carbon footprint, while creating an important source of clean energy. The project will be funded entirely by ENER-G, but provide an income to the city from royalty payments."
Hugh Richmond, managing director of ENER-G Mexico, said: "This is our third renewable energy venture in Mexico and we are pleased to partner with the Municipality of Celaya to open the new biogas generation facility. We will design and build the facility and manage operation and landfill gas monitoring over the 15 year contract. We congratulate the municipality on its vision and commitment to clean energy."
ENER-G's other Mexican projects include a partnership with the municipality of Aguascalientes to open a 2.45 MW landfill gas generation facility at the San Nicolás landfill site in Aguascalientes, supplying green power to Nissan. ENER-G is also set to open a 1.5MW facility in partnership with the municipality of Durango.
The landfill gas generation projects will help Mexico to deliver on its new Climate Change Act, which commits Mexico to cutting its carbon dioxide emissions by 30 per cent by 2020, and by 50 per cent below current levels by 2050, and to generate 35 per cent of electricity from renewable sources by 2024.
ENER-G Mexico specialises in biogas generation - utilising methane from landfill gas, anaerobic digestion and mines to generate renewable electricity. ENER-G designs, builds, operates and owns the landfill gas generators, but can also sell, lease or hire power generation packages.