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New Landfill Gas-to-Energy Project in San Joaquin County Completed

Palo Alto Joins Local Officials and Industry Leaders to Commemorate Completion

New Landfill Gas-to-Energy Project in San Joaquin County Completed

Palo Alto, CA – November 13, 2014 – The City of Palo Alto is joining Ameresco, Inc. (NYSE: AMRC), a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company and other California officials today to commemorate the completion of a new 4.3 megawatt (MW) landfill gas-to-energy project at the Foothill Landfill in Linden, CA. This completes the fifth and last LFGTE project between the City and Ameresco.

"To bring this project to fruition, Ameresco partnered with the City of Palo Alto to provide the residents with clean energy at affordable prices," said Michael Bakas, Senior Vice President of Ameresco. “We are truly fortunate to have the citizens of Palo Alto as clients. With the addition of the clean energy from this new renewable resource, Ameresco anticipates that the total electricity delivered for the Palo Alto community from Ameresco's renewable projects will be approximately 125,000 megawatt hours (MWh) annually, removing the equivalent of 66,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year from the environment which has the same effect as the removal of carbon dioxide emissions from 83 million gallons of gasoline consumed by cars per year.”

“We are delighted to partner with Ameresco to purchase the renewable power generated at the Foothill Landfill facility,” said Nancy Shepherd, Mayor for the City of Palo Alto. “Landfill gas-to-energy projects play a critical role as they provide base-load generation at a competitive price and allow our customers to benefit from a reliable, renewable source of power.”

“San Joaquin County is to be commended for its leadership in advancing the Foothill Landfill project to help meet the County’s economic, environmental and sustainability goals,” added Ameresco’s Bakas.  “We are excited to partner with the County on the project and expect it will provide measureable financial and energy benefits that will be instrumental in attaining the County’s goals and help support the community’s requirements for the long-term.”

“The County of San Joaquin is committed to sustainability and the entire community is working together to make a measurable difference,” said Desi Reno, Integrated Waste Manager for San Joaquin County Department of Public Works.  “The landfill and the landfill gas-to-energy facility are evidence of our dedication and commitment to our long-term strategy supporting initiatives for a sustainable future.”

Reno continued, “The facility on the Foothill Landfill is expected to generate 4.3 MW of clean energy which will provide clean power for more than 2,600 local homes annually.  Between the clean power and our organic approach to vegetation management utilizing sheep to naturally trim the growing vegetation at the site, we are making great strides towards achieving our environmental goals and sustainability objectives.”

By using the landfill gas for beneficial reuse projects and replacing fossil fuels, the combined direct and avoided emissions reduced for the 4.3 MW produced from the Foothills project alone is equivalent to displacing CO2 emissions from 23.8 million gallons of gasoline consumed or carbon sequestered by 173,288 acres of U.S. forests in one year.

Ameresco has designed/built over 170 MW of biogas facilities across the United States. The company has partnered with both public and private enterprises to convert landfill gas from an environmental liability into an economic and environmental benefit while at the same time displacing fossil fuel normally used to produce this same amount of energy. Landfills are one of the largest sources of human-made methane emissions in the United States.  A natural product of waste decomposition, landfill gas is made up of roughly 50 percent methane, 50 percent CO2, and less than one percent other non-methane organic compounds. Ameresco’s LFGTE facilities safely divert landfill gas through extraction wells and pipe it to a landfill gas-to-energy plant, where it is cleaned before specialized engines convert it to electricity for sale to the electricity marketplace. The LFGTE facilities also help to improve greenhouse gas compliance and provide revenue for landfill owners while providing end users with a clean, renewable option for their energy. 

Last Updated: November 13, 2014