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‘’As we worked to close the landfill to
refuse, we recognized the resource that
developed at the site in the form of methane
gas,’’ said Munster Town Manager Tom
DeGiulio. ‘’In fact, we captured the methane
gas previously and used it to power our
clubhouse and irrigation system. Utilizing
this 50/50 Department of Energy grant
allows us to broaden the scope of the project
and increase the impact of a project that has
already received LEED Silver distinction.’’
By capturing these landfill gases, this
sustainable project is helping provide
environmental benefits equivalent to the
removal of emissions from more than 1,100
cars per year or the planting of about 1,200
acres of forest annually.
Centennial Park Landfill Gas to Energy Facility
Town of Munster, Indiana
Project Background
Centennial Park is a closed landfill
which has been transformed into a
centerpiece for the Town’s recreational and
community activities, and now includes
a 9-hole golf course, water features,
amphitheater, a restaurant and banquet
facility, walking trails and public art.
In partnership with Energy Systems Group
(ESG) and through funding made available
by the U.S. Department of Energy, the
Munster Redevelopment Commission
approved development of this $4.3
million beneficial-use electric generation
project. The Town plans to sell the power
it generates as a part of this project back
to the Northern Indiana Public Service
Company (NIPSCO) at their Renewable
Feed-in Tariff rate for biomass projects.
Strategies & Solutions
This project includes a GE Jenbacher engine/
generator which utilizes the landfill gas (LFG)
from the municipally-owned Centennial
Park Landfill site to produce approximately
1.1 MW of electricity. In addition to a new
flare and blower, the project employs a
heat conversion technology which will
take excess heat off of a large generator at
the site. This heat will then be transformed
into additional electricity. The green
electricity generated will then be delivered
to the NIPSCO electric distribution system
where it will be used by residents and
businesses throughout Northwest Indiana.
Ceremonial Groundbreaking for the New
Centennial Park Landfill Gas to Energy Facility
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