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Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority and PPL Energy Landfill Gas Energy Project

LMOP Award Winner
Location:
Lebanon, Pennsylvania
End User(s):
Metropolitan Edison Company
Sector(s):
Utility
Landfill(s):
Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority (GLRA) Landfill
Landfill Size:
1.4 million tons waste-in-place (2008)
Project Type:
Reciprocating Engine (two Caterpillar 3520s)
Project Size:
3.2 megawatts (MW)
Savings:
Proposed heat recovery is expected to offset nearly 9,000 gallons of propane used to heat office and maintenance buildings
Environmental Benefits:
Carbon sequestered annually by 29,000 acres of pine or fir forests, annual greenhouse gas emissions from 26,000 passenger vehicles, or carbon dioxide emissions from 316,600 barrels of oil consumed. Annual energy savings equate to powering 1,900 homes. Estimated emissions reductions of 0.0371 million metric tons of carbon equivalents.
LMOP Partners Involved:
Caterpillar, Chicago Climate Exchange, Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority, PPL Corporation (PPL), TerraPass, Inc.
Last Updated:
7/7/2010

Photo of Renewable Energy Education Facility entrance.

In a county that prides itself on the public good and higher education, a landfill gas (LFG) energy project shines brightly. At the GLRA Landfill, a 3.2 MW LFG energy project joins forces with a 2,000 watt wind turbine and a 1,000 watt solar array to generate power and demonstrate the benefits of renewable energy resources.

GLRA and PPL specifically designed a new Renewable Energy Education Facility 'to empower our future leaders with green energy.' The facility has already hosted over 2,000 students, teachers, and community groups. GLRA and PPL Energy's commitment and success in promoting LFG energy projects earned them the honor of LMOP's 2007 Community Partner of the Year.

The Renewable Energy Education Facility includes the following benefits:

  • Provides classroom where generators are visible through soundproof windows.
  • Displays all power production from the three renewable energy resources—live, on a screen within the classroom.
  • Demonstrates the cost-effectiveness of renewable energy resources to industrial and institutional facilities.

The project extends GLRA and PPL's commitments to energy and environmental education. The landfill's innovative water treatment and landfill practices have already gained national recognition and serve as field laboratories to three local universities.

The Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority is dedicated to conserving natural resources. Not only will this facility generate electricity from a renewable fuel, but we will also work to raise awareness in the community about the benefits of alternative energy. —Michael Pavelek, Executive Director of GLRA

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