Landfill Energy Systems supplied the design, engineering, construction, permitting and commissioning services for a 3.2 MW facility located at the Salt Lake Solid Waste Management Facility in Salt Lake City, Utah. The 550 acre landfill is owned and operated jointly by Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County. It is the largest solid waste disposal facility located in the state of Utah.
The plant incorporates two Caterpillar 3516 modular enclosures and one Caterpillar 3250 modular enclosure to generate a total of 3.2 MW of power. Landfill Energy Systems owns the facility through a joint venture known as Salt Lake Energy Systems and sells the power to Murray City Utilities. The project began commercial operation in March 2006. Landfill Energy Systems provides all of the facility’s daily operations and maintenance services for both the generating plant and the landfill gas collection system.
The project was honored by the EPA’s Landfill Methane Outreach Program as the 2006 Energy Partner of the Year. It is estimated that the project’s environmental benefits are equivalent to removing 27,000 vehicles from the road or planting 38,000 acres of forest each year.