Landfill Gas to Energy Project
After more than a decade and many roadblocks, the City of Lebanon is excited to announce the development of its Landfill Gas to Energy (LFG2E) Project at the Lebanon Solid Waste Facility. Working in conjunction with Liberty Utilities and our engineering firm Waldron Engineering and Construction, the City has executed contracts that will convert the gas generated by waste at the landfill to electricity that will be redistributed to the electrical grid and utilized by the City to power all City facilities. Bringing this project to fruition will not only save taxpayer dollars but will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions in New England by 3,500 tons per year!
Currently, the landfill generates, collects, and flares approximately 350 standard cubic feet per minute (scfm) of landfill gas. The new facility will convert all of this gas to electricity through the utilization of five (5) very efficient microturbines. The conversion process will generate 1,000 kilowatts of electricity and deliver a continuous renewable source of revenue for the City.
The City is committed to being a model for a balanced and desirable sustainable community. As we look to the future and the commitment to being more sustainable, Lebanon is leading the way forward. Solar arrays have been installed on a number of City buildings covering 20% of City government electrical needs. With the addition of the Landfill Gas to Energy Project, all of Lebanon’s City buildings and facilities will be powered by renewable energy. These moves allow us to meet the needs of our present population without compromising the ability of our future generations to meet theirs.
A large container was received at the Solid Waste Facility in October 2022. This container houses the 5 micro turbines that will convert the landfill gas into electricity. We are all excited to have received these units. We have also taken delivery of a number of other components for the power generation facility. Those components include a transformer, switches, and panels. The unit that will clean the gas prior to power generation in the turbines arrives in February 2023.
In October 2022, a contractor installed additional gas collection wells. These wells help to collect and control gas generated from decomposing waste placed in the landfill. This gas will be destroyed using the landfill gas flare for now but will soon be converted into electricity.
In November 2022, site work will begin on site to prepare for concrete work in the Spring of 2023. Contractors will also be performing site work to complete necessary stormwater management changes to the facility’s current stormwater system.
The LFG2E facility will convert landfill gas to electricity. The amount of power generated is the equivalent of approximately 900 houses and the electricity will be used to power City of Lebanon buildings and facilities.
The facility construction will begin in the Spring of 2023 and the LFG2E project is scheduled to be completed and operational in early 2024. It is being managed by the Department of Public Works – Solid Waste Division. We look forward to keeping you informed and up-to-date on the happenings of the project.
In the News
Solid Waste Director Marc Morgan has spoken about the details of the Landfill Gas to Energy Project to numerous members of the press. The City of Lebanon is providing the following links for the convenience of our residents, businesses, and visitors and does not promote any specific media outlet. Please be aware that these links will take you off the City of Lebanon website.
- How Lebanon Plans to Power City Buildings with Landfill, March 1, 2022 (WCAX-TV website)
- Energy Project at Lebanon Landfill Moving Forward, March 1, 2022 (NHPR website)
- Contracts Signed to Convert Gas from Landfill to Electricity March 1, 2022 (Concord Monitor website)
- Landfill Project Moving Forward February 28, 2022 (Valley News website)