Brevard County’s Central Disposal Facility is located in Cocoa, Florida on The County had been trying to develop a landfill gas utilization project at the Landfill, which it owns and operates, since 2002. After Brevard County attended the LES presentation to Seminole County in 2006, Brevard selected LES to develop a similar project at the Central Disposal Facility site.
The project broke ground in October 2007 and the 9.6 MW generating plant began commercial operation in May 2008. The facility utilizes all of the County’s currently available landfill gas and there are plans for a 1.6 MW expansion when additional quantities of gas are available.
Landfill Energy Systems provided the design, engineering, equipment procurement and installation, permitting, construction and commissioning of the power generation facility. The plant is based on six Caterpillar 3520 engine generator sets, each producing 1.6 megawatts of power. LES owns and operates the plant, selling the electricity to Seminole Electric Cooperative under a long term agreement.
The facility’s environmental benefits are the equivalent of planting over 114,000 acres of forest or removing the emissions from over 80, 000 vehicles each year.