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From Trash to Clean Energy: New Project at Butte County Landfill

By Tyler May, tmay@krcrtv.com
Published On: Dec 05 2012 08:00:06 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 05 2012 07:20:00 PM CST
CHICO, Calif. -

Ameresco Inc. has finished a project that will turn the Butte County Landfill trash into energy.

The landfill used to burn all of the trash and let the product of the burning -- methane gas -- go into the air. Ameresco Inc. representatives said they thought that the gas could be put to good use.

U.S. Congressman Elect Doug LaMalfa and a handful of Butte County supervisors took part in the ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday. There, they showed off an engine that is anticipated to produce up to 2 mega watts of electricity for Butte County -- enough to power up to 1,300 homes.

Officials say that the amount of methane gas at the landfill should last about 20 years. They also said that the project will reduce greenhouse has emissions by 10.5 tons of carbon dioxide.