Saskatoon

Saskatoon landfill gas project one step closer to firing up

The facility will capture landfill gas created by decomposing organic waste at the dump. The gas will be piped to a generating station and then use the gas to produce power.

Will power 1,300 homes next year

This gas generating plant at Saskatoon's landfill is designed to capture gas created by decomposing organic waste. It will be piped to a generating station and used to produce electricity. (Saskatoon Light and Power)

The city of Saskatoon is one step closer to turning garbage into cash. 

It's finished building a landfill gas collection system and is now flaring gas at the site.

"This means we are reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the landfill by over 45,000 tonnes a year and that's like removing 9,000 vehicle from our roadway," said Kevin Hudson of Saskatoon Light and Power.

The facility will capture landfill gas created by decomposing organic waste at the dump. The gas will be piped to a generating station and then used to produce power.

It will create enough power to heat 1,300 homes. It's expected to bring in $1.3-million a year to the city.

"Commissioning this new facility is a step toward replacing conventional energy sources with green energy technologies," Hudson said.

The plant will be up and running next year.

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