Redwood Landfill is closing the loop on Marin County's trash by turning landfill gas into enough renewable electricity to power 5,000 homes in Marin, Napa, Solano and Contra Costa counties.
Waste Management invested $14.5 million to construct this new, renewable power source which provides an environmentally friendly, sustainable solution to power generation. And, unlike wind turbines, solar panels and hydroelectric dams, this biogas power plant can operate day or night and in any weather condition.
"This plant demonstrates Waste Management's investment not only in Marin County, but in our dedication to finding environmentally sustainable solutions to our operations," said Paul Pabor, Waste Management's vice president of renewable
It's also helping the North Bay meet its climate change goals. The plant dispaces an estimated 8,900 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions a year when compared to traditional fossil fuel power generation plants. Further, this state-of-the-art facility incorporates technology that results in it having the lowest emissions of any landfill gas facility.
Marin County Supervisor Judy Arnold, whose district includes Redwood Landfill, summed up the day's events best:
"It's not often when someone would say they want a landfill in their district, but I'm proud to represent a district that includes the Redwood Landfill. This landfill serves as an example of what can be done when we act together to build a greener future for our communities."
The opening of this plant sparks a new partnership between Waste Management and MCE, a not for profit public electricity provider that provides customers with renewable power options.
"We're proud to be able to work with Waste Management to offer renewable energy to all our customers that's not only generated locally, but also demonstrates the type of innovation and ingenuity we need to achieve our mission to address climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions," said Dawn Weisz, CEO of MCE.
Following are some media clips about the opening of our power plant.