Seven Islands permits landfill gas power plant in southern West Virginia

Seven Islands Environmental Solutions (SIES) is pursuing an air construction permit at the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection for the New River Clean Energy Facility, which would utilize landfill gas (LFG) collected from the existing Raleigh County Sanitary Landfill.

The renewable energy facility will be physically located within the property boundary of the landfill on land leased from the Raleigh County Solid Waste Authority.

The New River Clean Energy Facility will consist of two LFG-fueled engine generators that will generate electricity for off-site sale to the power grid. Except for insignificant emissions sources, including small drums for oil and fluid storage and other engine maintenance supplies, the only air emissions sources from the SIES facility will be the engine generators.

The landfill has an existing LFG collection and control system which currently routes all collected LFG to an open flare for combustion. After construction of the landfill gas-to-energy (LFGTE) facility, the primary operating scenario will be to route all collected gas to the SIES engine generators and have the open flare serve as a back-up control device. 

The facility’s primary emission sources will be the two Caterpillar G3520C 2,233 horsepower engines.

The air permit application was filed at the DEP on Feb. 22 and is still pending. The application said the plant could startup by Oct. 1, 2016, pending permit approval.

Project contact information at Seven Islands is: Robert Fairey, Vice President,, 678-645-0634.

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