Thursday, November 18, 2010

Orange County landfill gas to power UNC buildings

State and county officials, UNC leaders and community members gathered Tuesday to commemorate the fruition of a collaboration in environmental sustainability.

At a ground-breaking ceremony held at the Solid Waste Administration offices, N.C. Rep. Joe Hackney, D-Orange, Orange County Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Valerie Foushee and UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp stood awaiting a countdown which signaled the beginning of the first phase of the Orange County landfill gas project.

Holes will be drilled into the Orange County landfill and pipes will draw out methane, a product of the organisms that decompose garbage, so it can be burned and used as electricity.

The methane will then be used to power UNC buildings on Airport Drive.

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