Bowerman Power renewable energy facility in Orange, California opens

Government, business and project development officials officially opened the Bowerman Power renewable energy facility in Orange, California, March 29 at a ribbon-cutting Ceremony. As the project's Engineer Procure Construct (EPC) Contractor, HR Green provided design, through commissioning services for the massive gas-to-electricity project.

Government, business and project development officials officially opened the Bowerman Power renewable energy facility in Orange, California, March 29 at a ribbon-cutting Ceremony. As the project's Engineer Procure Construct (EPC) Contractor, HR Green provided design, through commissioning services for the massive gas-to-electricity project.


"We are extremely proud that our hard work and the dedication of hundreds of others have resulted in this renewable energy project," said Doug Tholo, PE, President of HR Green's Energy business line. "Solid waste landfills are the largest human-generated source of methane emissions and we take pride in adding this facility to our more than 30 projects developed for the beneficial reuse of landfill gas."

The landfill gas-to-electricity plant at the Frank R. Bowerman landfill east of Irvine will power thousands of local homes and businesses in Anaheim, generate millions of dollars in royalties for the county government system, and provide other environmental and economic benefits. The $60-million, 113,000-sq.-ft., state-of-the-art facility occupies 2.6 acres of the 725-acre Bowerman Landfill, one of the largest on the West Coast. The project was developed and is owned and operated by Bowerman Power, a subsidiary of Pennsylvania-based Montauk Energy.

"The Bowerman Power facility keeps the county moving in the right direction with additional green energy. Powering this plant adds 160,000 megawatt-hours annually to put into the grid, which is enough energy to power 26,000 homes. That brings the total production at Orange County's landfills up to 380,000 megawatt-hours that is enough power for the households in Brea, Placentia, and Yorba Linda," said County Supervisor Todd Spitzer, whose 3rd District includes the Frank R. Bowerman Landfill.
The project generates electric power by capturing landfill gas created by the millions of tons of waste buried at Bowerman. A natural byproduct of solid waste decomposition, the gas contains high amounts of methane, a prevalent greenhouse gas. The operation also will prevent approximately 53,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually.

The Bowerman Power Project is the first to combine three proven technologies in a state-of-the-art renewable energy project meeting all environmental requirements. It is the largest landfill gas-fueled reciprocating engine project in California and Montauk's largest power project to date. Moreover, with the completion of this project, all large landfills in California now operate landfill gas-based, renewable energy plants.

Originally founded in 1913, HR Green has offices throughout the United States. HR Green provides engineering and technical and management services to clients in the following markets: Transportation, Water, Governmental Services, Construction Services, Energy and Land Development. For more information, see www.hrgreen.com.

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