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Ameresco starts up LFG-to-RNG at Brickyard Landfill

Ameresco starts up LFG-to-RNG at Brickyard Landfill
Landfill gas collection pipes at a Republic Services' landfill (photo courtesy Republic Services).

In the United States (US), Ameresco, Inc., a leading cleantech integrator specializing in energy efficiency and renewable energy, has announced that it achieved commercial operation at its landfill gas (LFG) to renewable natural gas (RNG) plant at Republic Services’ Brickyard Landfill in Danville, Illinois (IL).

The Brickyard facility has a gross nameplate of over 500,000 Dekatherms per year, with the potential to displace the production of traditional fuel sources, and is capable of processing 2,000 scfm (≈ 3,210 Nm3 per hour)  of raw landfill gas (LFG).

This renewable energy project serves as a model for innovative solutions in landfill management and paves the way for a more sustainable future.

The Brickyard Landfill RNG facility captures naturally occurring LFG and transforms it into pipeline-grade renewable natural gas (RNG), a low-carbon transportation fuel.

The RNG that is expected to be produced by this facility would reduce over 27,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2eq) emissions annually if used to displace diesel vehicle fuel. This translates to cleaner air, improved public health, and a positive impact in the fight against climate change.

By capturing and utilizing LFG, the Brickyard facility generates renewable energy displacing fossil fuels used in gas-powered vehicles (NGVs).

This not only reduces the country’s reliance on finite resources like oil and gas but also contributes to the circular economy by extracting value from waste and transforming it into a clean energy source. This process reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while contributing to a more sustainable future.

At Republic Services, we’re committed to supporting decarbonization, and our partnership with Ameresco has helped us accelerate progress toward our 2030 sustainability goals. Through the Brickyard RNG facility, we’re able to transform naturally occurring biogas into renewable energy for the local community, said Tim Oudman, SVP of Sustainability Innovation at Republic Services.

Twelfth joint LFG-to-RNG project

The completion of this project represents a significant step toward a cleaner future, fostering economic growth with tangible reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

The project directly contributes to Republic Services’ long-term sustainability goal to beneficially reuse 50 percent more biogas by 2030. This is Ameresco’s 12th renewable energy project with Republic, with another 10 projects in various stages of development, permitting, or construction.

Creating clean energy, reducing harmful emissions, and making a tangible impact on the environment towards a carbon-neutral future depends on collaboration. Through our long-term partnership with Republic Services, we were able to create a dispatchable baseload resource at the Brickyard Landfill. This will turn waste into a reliable source of renewable energy and provide tremendous resiliency to enhance our nation’s security of supply for the years to come, said Michael Bakas, EVP of Ameresco.

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