Transforming waste gas into energy has won the City of Regina an award. Specifically the waste gas generated from the Queen City’s landfill.
Regina was the winner of a 2017 Sustainability Award at the Regional Centre of Expertise Saskatchewan Education for Sustainable Development Recognition Event in Hafford, Sask. this week.
The award recognizes organizations that are making Saskatchewan more sustainable.
Regina received the award for the Landfill Gas to Energy Facility, which uses waste gas from the landfill to generate electricity.
Lisa Legault is the Director of Solid Waste for the City of Regina. She says getting this recognition is important for city officials.
“We are happy to be recognized by RCE for this innovative facility that reduces greenhouse gas emission by about 30,000 tonnes per year,” said Legault.
She explains the facility collects methane gas, produced from the decomposition of organic waste in the landfill, and uses it to fuel an engine to generate one megawatt of electricity.
That’s enough to power 1,000 homes.
The system captures a previously unused gas and turns it into a green energy source.