Viridi Energy announces renewable natural gas project in Baldwin County

Project transforms naturally occurring emissions into energy

Viridi Energy has announced plans for three new renewable natural gas projects, including one in Baldwin County.

The Alabama project will harvest natural gas from the county landfill in Summerdale, transforming the emissions into clean energy.

“The facility is expected to produce more than 160,000 MMBtu of RNG annually,” the company said in announcing the project.

Also this year, Viridi has also announced plans for a similar project in Marathon County, Wisconsin.

Virid also announced a complex food waste-to-natural gas project in Yaphank, New York, in partnership with American Organic Energy. The New York project “represents a historic step toward circularity in waste disposal, housing the first anaerobic digester to process food waste in the New York City metropolitan area. The project will divert food waste from landfills located up to 300 miles away and transform it into RNG, via anaerobic digestion, and into other renewable products, such as fertilizer. The project will generate emissions reductions equivalent to nearly 100,000 tons of CO2 per year and is projected to produce renewable fuels equivalent to 10 million gallons of gasoline annually,” the company said.

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Writing about the Baldwin project, the company said, “While the county’s landfill is relatively small compared to other projects in our portfolio and development pipeline, Viridi recognizes the immense potential of developing smaller-scale RNG projects. These smaller landfill sites present unique financial and development challenges, but they also represent a significant portion of the remaining landfill development opportunities in the US and Canada. We are confident that our deep experience in facility design and engineering can make such sites profitable for our investors and productive for our municipal and offtake partners.”

Viridi is based in Northridge, California. It has partnered with global energy company BP to distribute the natural gas. Viridi also names Quadragen as playing a role in developing the Baldwin site, which is slated to begin operations in the third quarter of 2024.

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