Landfill Gas-To-Energy Project Turned On In Sarasota County, Florida

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It is a changing world with diverse power needs, and I’ve got a nice bit of renewable news from Sarasota County, Florida. Announced in a press release by Aria Energy, a leading provider of baseload renewable energy, the news is the beginning of commercial operations of a 4.8 MW landfill gas-to-energy facility. The amount of electricity expected to be produced from the power plant is the equivalent of the electricity needed by over 2,800 homes, according to US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates.


The 4.8 MW landfill gas-to-energy facility will produce electricity by capturing and processing the methane gas generated at the landfill through organic decomposition. The facility is at Sarasota County’s Central County Solid Waste Disposal Complex located in Nokomis, Florida. According to the press release, “Aria Energy designed, built, owns and operates the facility, and sells the electricity to JEA under a power purchase agreement.”

“We are pleased to partner with Sarasota County and JEA to bring another baseload renewable energy project online and power homes with clean electricity generated from municipal landfill waste,” said Richard M. DiGia, President and CEO of Aria Energy. “This facility is a prime example of how municipalities, utilities and the private sector can collaborate to bring clean and reliable renewable energy to their constituents and customers.”

Reducing reliance on non-renewable energy sources such as natural gas, coal, and petroleum is of course the key reason for landfill gas-to-energy projects.

The EPA estimates that a 4.8 MW landfill gas-to-energy project reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 236,000 metric tons each year, due to the reduction in methane emissions from the landfill and reduced consumption of fossil fuels. This reduction is equivalent to the carbon dioxide emissions from the consumption of 26.5 million gallons of gasoline.


According to the press release, “Aria Energy is the largest provider of landfill gas-to-energy in the state of Florida with a total of 32 MW of installed capacity.” Following the City of Jacksonville’s Trail Ridge Landfill, the Sarasota County Project becomes the second Aria Energy-owned and -operated facility, with JEA purchasing the electricity through a power purchase agreement.

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Image: Engine Maintenance At Landfill Gas Recovery Plant, via Shutterstock

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4 thoughts on “Landfill Gas-To-Energy Project Turned On In Sarasota County, Florida

  • A good place or places for methane collection would be the northern parts of the continents, melting of permafrost, and using that to produce energy.

    At least it would get some use before impacting the planet!

    • It would be great, but I don’t see how this can be done in practice.

      The methane flux coming from a warm, highly active landfill is enormous. What leaks out of the permafrost per square meter is a tiny trickle (though the total amount is extremely significant due to the sheer size of the area).

      There’s no viable way of capturing small amounts of methane from a huge area. You need a highly concentrated point source: a digester, a landfill or a gas field.

      Even if a handful of such sites exist in the permafrost, it wouldn’t make a meaningful dent in total methane emissions.

      • Yes I do know that, it was a way of starting a conversation.

        But if some of the lakes in the permafrost ares could be covered and the methane collected, that may give you small local energy sources.

        Could be that I am just too much of a dreamer.

  • awesome…they could probably cover a lot of the site with solar and make even more electricity….

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