METHANE from household waste will be used to generate enough electricity to power 8,500 homes.
Bord na Mona will turn waste in to 5.6 megawatts of renewable power at its state of the art landfill-gas plant in Drehid, Co Kildare.
The plant burns 6,000 tonnes of methane and converts it to carbon dioxide and water, which if left untreated would have a greenhouse gas impact of 126,000 tonnes of CO2. It also displaces the equivalent amount of carbon sourced power on the grid as it is carbon neutral
Bord na Mona chief executive Gabriel D’Arcy said the firm has invested heavily in new and innovative ways of capitalising on all its resources to create further value and uses.
“Waste recovery fits neatly with our ‘Contract with Nature’ vision that looks to develop business operations that are sustainable environmentally and economically,” he said.
“This gas power plant is the result of a transformation in the way we look at spent materials, turning household waste into green energy that in turn helps create jobs and a sustainable electricity supply.”
Some 25 jobs were created during the construction of the Gas Power Plant with a further four permanent positions filled for the ongoing operation of the site.
Natural Resources Minister Pat Rabbitte said the plan marks a significant step in the delivery of sustainable power sources in Ireland.
“I am delighted that a company like Bord na Mona, demonstrating its prowess in resource recovery, is producing home grown, renewable energy supplies for the Irish grid,” he said.