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GRAND PRAIRIE—City officials broke ground on an important renewable energy source on Nov. 19 at the Grand Prairie Landfill, 1102 MacArthur. Installation of the landfill's new gas power generation plant will begin this month and is expected to be fully commissioned in late 2014.
A methane collection system has been in place at the landfill since 2000 to flare off the gas, but this project will use compressed methane to produce electricity which is then fed into the electrical grid. The project will produce about 2 megawatts of power per year.
The city of Grand Prairie is working on the project with the Vertterre Corporation, which is a division of EQM Technologies and Energy Inc.
"The process of using landfill gas, which is methane and carbon dioxide, to create energy is fairly simple," said Dr. Patricia Redfearn, Ph.D., city of Grand Prairie Solid Waste Manager. "After a filter, dehydration and compression process, the gas is made available to engines that turn a generator, which produces electricity. Through a switching system, that electricity is pushed to the grid and made available to energy providers."
"Right now we are capturing methane gas from the landfill and destroying it in an environmentally responsible way," Mayor Ron Jensen said. "With our ability to generate electricity with methane, we will not only keep the environment clean, but will provide a long-term, reliable source of renewable energy."