Landfill Gas generation facility at Pearl Hollow in Hardin County, KY. The generation assets are owned and operated by East Kentucky Power Cooperative, the power provider for Nolin RECC.
This is how the process works:
The methane that is produced from the microorganisms breaking down garbage in the landfill is collected and used as a fuel source to generate electricity. East Kentucky Power built and maintains the engines that are used in this process.
Since it came online in March of 2006, the Pearl Hollow landfill gas electric generation facility has produced 180,732,671 net kWh of electricity. That total represents the equivalent of powering 148,142 Nolin members using an average of 1220 kWh.
In 2023, the plant generated enough kWh to power an average of 660 homes a month.
Benefits of turning methane into electricity:
- reduces unpleasant odors to neighbors
- provides a revenue stream to the landfill to foster sound landfill management of the wells
- decreases GHG’s,
- and helps keep electricity costs competitive for our members.
Generator originally designed to be run on diesel use the methane produced in the landfill to generate electricity
Wells are dug into the ground at the landfill to capture methane
The flare produces a vacuum for methane collection and transport as well as burns off the excess gas