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Exchange learns about gas-to-energy project

Scott Addison, director of Dougherty County Solid Waste, answers a question about the county gas-to-energy project at the Exchange Club of Albany meeting Friday.

Scott Addison, director of Dougherty County Solid Waste, answers a question about the county gas-to-energy project at the Exchange Club of Albany meeting Friday.

ALBANY, Ga. — Methane gas bubbles up in Dougherty County landfills and is piped about five miles to the local Marine Corps Logistics Base, where it is turned into electricity, Dougherty County Solid Waste Director Scott Addison told an Albany civic club Friday.

The project, called the Dougherty County Landfill Gas to Energy Project, brings about $120,000 a year to the county from sales of the gas to Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany, Addison said.

The Marines are under a presidential mandate to create 7 percent of their energy from green-type projects such as the landfill-to-energy program, Addison said, adding that the county project will supply about 22 percent of renewable energy for the base.

“The project puts out 1.9 megawatts,” Addison said. “That is the energy used by 16,000 vehicles. It offsets 400 railcars of coal and the electric usage of about 150,000 light bulbs.”

The Dougherty landfill was started on 800 acres in 1983, with 600 acres that could be used for waste disposal. Project construction at the landfill is complete with some construction left at the base to be completed.

Addison announced at the club meeting that as of Thursday the project is online 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

As is customary at many of the Exchange Club’s weekly meetings, the club donated $500 to a community organization. Friday it was the Family Literacy Connection.

“You have always supported our program,” said Sandy Bamford, of the organization. “Thank you for this donation to our program.”