Ameresco, headquartered in Framingham, Massachusetts, has begun commercial operations of ita renewable natural gas (RNG) plant located in Phoenix, Arizona. This plant is the largest wastewater treatment biogas-to-RNG facility of its kind in the US and is capable of processing 3,250 standard cubic feet per minute (scfm) of raw digester gas produced at the wastewater treatment plant (WWTP).
Texas biogas project that was the first sustainable project of its kind in the nation. (Amersesco)
The 91st Ave WWTP is owned by the sub-regional operating group (SROG) member cities: Phoenix, Glendale, Mesa, Scottsdale and Tempe and is operated by the City of Phoenix.
In February 2017, Ameresco and the City of Phoenix hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking event for the start of this multi-million-dollar wastewater treatment biogas utilization project. Now two years later, Ameresco, the City of Phoenix and the SROG partners are celebrating the start-up of this monumental project.
“This innovative partnership allows us to turn waste into resource by converting biogas, a byproduct of wastewater treatment, into renewable energy,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “This not only benefits our regional economy, but also reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Phoenix has set ambitious sustainability and renewable energy goals, and this kind of public-private partnership will help us get there.”
“This project exemplifies innovation in action and is a model for municipalities across the globe,” said Mike Bakas, Executive Vice President of Ameresco. “We commend the City of Phoenix and the SROG member cities for both their commitment to sustainability and their initiative to derive economic benefit from a previously undervalued asset: biogas from wastewater.”
A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for April 25, 2019 with Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, Ameresco and SROG City officials as the invited speakers for this event.