The Davidson County Gas-To-Energy Project is a municipal solid waste facility in Lexington, North Carolina. Operating at a 1.6 MW capacity, the project collects and combusts landfill gas to generate renewable energy. This project captures methane and carbon dioxide that would have otherwise been emitted into the atmosphere, thus reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It is estimated to reduce 50,000 tonnes of CO2e annually.
This project produces enough energy to power approximately 1,500 to 2,000 homes. The emissions captured by the project are equivalent to removing 10,516 passenger vehicles from the road per year. Combined with the renewable energy benefits, this landfill gas-to-energy project has a total environmental benefit equivalent to the carbon captured by more than 13,600 acres of pine forest per year.
The Davidson County Gas-To-Energy Project contributes to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including SDG #13 – take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. This is accomplished by destroying the methane in the collected landfill gas that would have otherwise been emitted into the atmosphere. This project also contributes to limiting global average temperature increase below 2 degrees C above pre-industrial level.