Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Broadrock Renewables Breaks Ground on Landfill Gas-to-Energy Expansion Facilities at Olinda Alpha Landfill

Broadrock Renewables LLC, in partnership with the County of Orange, held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new landfill gas-to-energy generating plant at Olinda Alpha Landfill in Orange County, California.

The new expanded facility will supplement the existing 5 MW facility and will have a renewable energy generating capacity of 32.5 MW. Broadrock Renewables management and staff have been involved in the ownership and management of the facility since the early 1990’s. The facility, formerly under ownership of a Ridgewood Renewable Power affiliates, was branded under Broadrock Renewables following the facility’s November 2010 acquisition by Macquarie Infrastructure Partners II.

“Landfill gas-to-energy technology is at the forefront of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We are excited to be here today, standing alongside our various partners and under new ownership and backing by Macquarie Infrastructure Partners, to announce commencement of construction,” said Randy Holmes, Chief Executive Officer, Broadrock Renewables LLC. “The clean, renewable energy that will be produced by this facility is a huge win for everyone – for citizens, communities and the environment. The facilities at this landfill will provide a clean electricity equivalent that is capable of powering more than 22,000 homes. We thank all our partners for their support in this significant renewable energy initiative.”

Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, Bill Campbell, is equally enthusiastic about the power plant expansion in Orange County. “Olinda Alpha Landfill is one of the largest landfills in the western United States. We are very pleased that our award-winning operations offer opportunities like this—for leading edge technology to parlay our operational expertise in this way. It’s efficient and environmentally friendly,” said Campbell.

The output of the new facility will be purchased by the City of Anaheim Public Utilities, which is also purchasing the output of the existing electricity generating facility at the site.

“We are proud to participate in this project – a full circle benefit to our Anaheim customers – with the creation of energy from our landfill materials. The power from this Olinda Alpha landfill project is an environmental benefit to the community at large, and will be a valuable asset to our City’s energy supply,” said Assistant General Manager-Joint Services, Steve Sciortino.

The Project is a recipient of a $10 million stimulus grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). DOE awarded these funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to promote increased use of industrial energy efficiency technologies as part of a broader effort to help cut overall energy use, save American businesses money, grow jobs, and reduce carbon pollution across the country

"With the unemployment rate in California well over the national average, this project will create 155 union construction jobs as well support local suppliers of material and equipment," said Frank DiCola, President and CEO of DCO Energy. "DCO Energy is proud to be part of the team that is making this ground-breaking clean energy, economic engine a reality."

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