|Ener-G landfill gas generation facility at San Nicolás landfill site in Aguascalientes Mexico.|
Ener-G, a U.K.-based provider of renewable energy solutions, will begin construction on its second landfill gas management facility in Mexico following its appointment by the Municipality of Durango to generate renewable energy from waste at the Durango city landfill.
Ener-G, working in partnership with its sister company Biogas Technology, will design, finance, build and operate the £2.3 million (US$ 3.633 million) biogas power generation facility. According to an Ener-G press release, the facility will capture the methane gas emitted from 1 million tons of waste and convert it into 1.5 megawatts of clean energy in its initial power generation stage. This is sufficient to provide the municipal government with half of its street lighting, Ener-G says.
The facility is expected to begin power generation this summer and is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 64,000 tons per year, helping Mexico to deliver on targets set by the country’s new Climate Change Act.
The two-phase landfill gas generation project started in 2008 when Biogas Technology was appointed by 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 be traded internationally to offset emissions by large polluters in the developed world.
Earlier this year, Ener-G partnered with the municipality of Aguascalientes, Mexico, to open a landfill gas generation facility at the San Nicolás landfill site in Aguascalientes. The company has invested £4.5 million (US$7.1 million) in the project, which is supplying 2.475 megawatts (MW) of clean energy to the automaker Nissan to power its car manufacturing plant, while delivering cost and carbon saving benefits to the municipality, the company says.
Hugh Richmond, managing director of Ener-G Natural Power, says, “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. 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."
Mexico’s Climate Change Act calls for the country to cut its carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2020, by 50 percent below current levels by 2050, and to generate 35 percent of electricity from renewable sources by 2024.