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California Wastewater Treatment Plant to be Off Grid by 2015.
The Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority’s carbon-neutral energy project located at their wastewater treatment facility in Victorville, Calif. is now underway. The facility aims to go off-the-grid, creating energy using tons of waste that would otherwise be sent to landfills.
Carbon neutrality will be the end result of the plant’s Omnivore Biogas Renewable Energy Project. The project will produce 100% renewable power by more efficiently treating both sewage and organic waste, such as food, that would otherwise be disposed of in landfills. Replacing nine million kilowatt hours of electricity annually and preventing more than 1,400 tons of waste from entering landfills, the result is the equivalent to taking more than 2,000 passenger cars off the road annually. The facility will be 100% energy neutral by the start of 2015 and could potentially save taxpayers $9 million over 20 years.
Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority, teaming with Anaergia, a clean energy group located in Carlsbad, Calif., retrofitted an out-of-commission anaerobic digester with new and unique technology that boosts its energy development capacity by increasing the amount of organic waste and sludge that can be digested and converted into biogas. The biogas is then turned into electricity to power the plant operations. Several high-energy waste-streams such as fats, oils, and grease (FOG), and food processing wastes are being evaluated for potential introduction into the digester.
The treatment plant, located at 20111 Shay Rd. in Victorville, Calif., was developed through a $2 million grant from the California Energy Commission as well as $600,000 in funding from Anaergia. In 2012, EPA provided technical assistance during project development and coordinated an audit with the U.S. Department of Energy to identify energy generation and efficiency opportunities. The audit was used to leverage funding for the project. (9/25/14)
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