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Loudon landfill to generate energy from methane gas

Loudon County and it's landfill management company, Santek Environmental have agreed to build a landfill gas collection system at the Matlock Bend landfill. The facility will generate electricity that Santek plans to sell to TVA.

The project is expected to produce about 1.5 megawatts of electricity, enough to power up to 1,500 houses.

Estimated cost of the Matlock Bend project is $1.2 million, according to Santek.

A similar, larger facility in Anderson County generates about 3.2 megawatts of power. Waste Management, which runs the site, plans to expand the project to 4.8 megawatts next year.

Santek also is planning similar facilities at four other landfills it operates - including three more that would sell power to TVA. Those facilities are at landfills in Bradley and Rhea counties in Tennessee and Murray and Gordon counties in Georgia.

See the full story,  Loudon landfill to provide green energy by Ron Bridgeman, on Knoxvillebizl.
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