Honor bestowed by American Society of Civil Engineers’ Suncoast Branch
The Sarasota County Landfill Gas to Energy facility recently earned Project of the Year honors from the Suncoast Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the county has announced.
“The result of a public-private partnership between Landfill Energy Systems Florida LLC (Aria Energy) and Sarasota County, the Sarasota County project is a landfill gas-to-energy facility that produces renewable energy by capturing and processing the methane gas generated at the landfill,” a news release explains.
Aria Energy designed, built, owns and operates the facility at Sarasota County’s Central County Solid Waste Disposal Complex, located at 4000 Knights Trail Road in Nokomis, the release notes.
The renewable energy produced at the facility is being sold to Jacksonville Electricity Authority (JEA), supplying power to approximately 2,800 homes, the release adds.
“This is a great example of repurposing a waste product such as landfill gas into a valuable resource,” said Sarasota County Solid Waste Manager Larry Alexander in the release. “The entire community and the environment benefit from this partnership. In addition, this innovative technology shows Sarasota County’s commitment to clean energy and a sustainable future.”
Construction of the gas-to-energy facility was significantly completed in February 2015, the release notes. A grand opening of the facility was held the same year.