Environment, Energy, North America, United States
Environment + Energy
Waste-to-Energy Facility Powers Hillsborough County
Wanting to improve the community and the environment, and save money, Hillsborough County, Florida, sought to expand their waste-to-energy (WTE) facility to better serve their customers. Based on the continuing success of this renewable energy plant, which converts solid waste (e.g., household garbage) into 30 megawatts (MW) of electricity daily, the county decided to increase its WTE capacity from 1,200 to 1,800 tons per day.
Hillsborough County’s expanded waste-to-energy facility reduces greenhouse gases, cuts landfill waste by 90 percent, and generates enough electricity to power thousands of residential homes and the adjacent wastewater treatment plant.
The $126.5 million expansion, which includes an additional municipal waste combustor unit and a new turbine generator, annually converts approximately 200,000 tons of municipal solid waste into renewable energy. A portion of the 47 MW of electricity produced daily is used to power thousands of residential homes and the adjacent wastewater treatment plant—enabling it to run on 100-percent renewable energy and save approximately $450,000 in annual electricity costs. The county sells the remaining electricity to a local utility.
This sustainable solution reduces greenhouse gases, cuts landfill waste by 90 percent, and employs the most advanced air pollution control equipment—achieving Clean Air Act compliance and meeting New Source Performance Standards—enabling it to produce some of the cleanest energy.