The BIC participated in the first annual Green Energy Doors Open 2013 event on October 5, 2013, hosted by the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA). Green Energy Doors Open is a province-wide showcase of sustainable energy projects, where individuals can get an up-close glimpse of innovative projects right in their back yards.
For this event the BIC arranged for a tour of the Merrick Landfill Power Plant – a local biogas project which extracts methane gas from the landfill and converts it into electricity. This plant is owned and operated by North Bay Hydro.
A few highlights of this facility:
• Plant generates 1.6 MW energy
• Connected to the grid and is part of the FIT program (20 year contract)
• Project cost was $4 million
• Began producing power in June 2012
• Methane collection has been in place since 2004 (vented and flared), so knowledge of the quantity of methane was already known
• Approval process took 4 years
• 20-cylinder, 2,000 HP diesel engine was modified to burn on landfill gas