NAWMA is maximising the use of the Uleybury landfill site. In an Australia-first, a combined solar/landfill gas renewable energy facility has been developed at the site in partnership with LMS Energy. Operational since October 2017, the facility pumps more than 11,000 MWh/year into the local power grid – enough to supply the power needs of around 1,900 homes.
How does it work?
More than eleven thousand thin film panels make up the north-west facing, 1.15 MW solar installation. The annual output of the system is 2,000 MWh, with annual greenhouse gas emission abatement of around 2,000 tonnes of CO²-e.
The landfill gas power station uses gas drawn from 18 vertical wells and a network of horizontal wells in the active cell area to capture gas that is produced through the breakdown of organic matter in the landfill. Approximately 900m³ of gas is drawn from the landfill each hour with around 650m³ of this used to fuel an engine to make electricity. The system has a capacity of 1.1 MW and operates 24hr/day, 7 days/week generating a whopping 9,000 MWh/year of electricity.