The city of Regina and SaskPower announced a 20 year partnership on Monday, one that takes waste gases from the city’s landfill and generates electricity.
Mayor Michael Fougere said this new project is vital to the environment and also brings in more revenue for the city, as SaskPower will pay the city for every 1,000 kilowatts of power produced by the gas run generators.
“We’re actually adding a revenue source for the city, and also doing some good work for the environment as well, those are two really important policy issues for us,” Fougere said.
The gas can generate one full mega watt of electricity, enough to power 1,000 homes.
Lisa Legault Director of Solid Waste for the city of Regina said the facility will potentially take 30,000 tonnes of green house gas out of the environment per year.
“That is the equivalent of removing about 8,000 vehicles off the road” Legault added.
Pipes running under the landfill work as in-takes that move the gas to the facility, it is then ignited and powers the generator that creates the electricity for SaskPower’s grid.
Previously the landfill had been burning off the gases produced by the organic waste.
The electricity will be distributed around the province.
The cost of the facility was just under the estimated budget of $5 million, about $1 million in revenue will be created for the city each year the facility is running.