Clean technology group ENER-G is set to start construction on its second landfill gas management facility in Mexico after being appointed by the Municipality of Durango to generate renewable energy from waste at the Durango city landfill site.
ENER-G, working in partnership with its sister company Biogas Technology, will design, finance, build and operate the $3.6 million biogas power generation facility. It will capture the harmful methane gas emitted from 1million tons of waste and convert it into 1.5MW of clean energy in its initial power generation stage. This is sufficient to provide the municipal government with half of its street lighting for the city.
The facility is expected to begin power generation in the summer and it will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 64,000 tons per year - helping Mexico to deliver on the targets set out in its new Climate Change Act.
The two-phase biogas generation project started in 2008 when ENER-G group company Biogas Technology was appointed by the Municipality of Durango to collect and destroy the biogas emissions by flaring. The project is registered with the United Nations under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), which provides certified emission reduction credits for each ton of carbon dioxide saved. The credits can then be traded internationally to offset emissions by large polluters in the developed world. Since February 2008, Biogas Technology has delivered significant carbon reduction and benefits for the Municipality.
Earlier this year, ENER-G partnered with the Municipality of Aguascalientes to open a landfill gas generation facility at the San Nicolás landfill site in Aguascalientes. The company has invested $7 million in the project, which is
supplying 2.475MW of clean energy to Nissan while delivering cost and carbon saving benefits to the Municipality.
"We are looking forward to working with the Municipality of Durango to open the new biogas generation facility. The project will be funded entirely by ENER-G and we will pay royalties to the Municipality," says Hugh Richmond, managing director, ENER-G Mexico. "We have ambitions to build more of these plants in Mexico to match the strong desire and commitment by the Mexico Government for investment in renewables."
ENER-G's renewable energy project is helping Mexico to deliver on its bold new Climate Change Act, which will commit Mexico to cu% of electricity from renewable sources by 2024.
ENER-G 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 renewable energy generators, but can also sell, lease or hire power generation packages.