DeKalb County, Georgia, Public Works Department, Sanitation Division Receives SWANA's Silver Excellence Award

Staff | September 28, 2010

The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) has recognized the DeKalb County Public Works Department, Division of Sanitation, with a Silver Excellence Award in the Landfill Gas category. The award is for the county's successful construction and operation of a 3.2-megawatt Green Energy Project at its Seminole Road Landfill. DeKalb County is located in the Atlanta Metropolitan Area.

This project was self-developed by the county instead of relying on a third-party outside developer. County staff negotiated the power purchase agreement with Georgia Power, filed and obtained the construction and operating air permits for the facility, and retained a design/build, and operation and maintenance contractor for the facility.

The $5-million facility began commercial operations on Oct. 12, 2006, just seven months after the contractor, SCS Engineers, received a Notice to Proceed. The facility was designed, built, and is being operated and maintained through SCS's Energy Division. All monies to develop and operate this facility were appropriated through the Sanitation Enterprise Fund; no general revenue funds were invested.

The facility has operated at more than 90-percent availability since it began operations in 2006, generating over 43,500 megawatt-hours of electricity and generating more than $2.1 million from the sale of electricity to Georgia Power.

SCS Energy provides consulting, engineering, construction, and operations/maintenance services for renewable energy and cogeneration projects in the range of 30 kilowatts to 120 megawatts. SCS Energy specializes in waste gas and natural gas fired turbines, fuel cells and reciprocating engine plants.