Hartland Landfill Gas Utilization Project

A public-private partnership between the CRD and Maxim Power Corp has succeeded in harnessing methane produced at the Hartland Landfill and transporting it to a generation facility to produce enough power for 1600 homes.

The Hartland Landfill Gas Utilization Project produces energy from methane discharged by decomposing waste.The Hartland Landfill Green Power Project was public-private partnership initiated in 2004 between the Capital Regional District (CRD) and Maxim Power Corp to produce electricity from methane discharged from decomposing waste.

The goals of the project are to reduce the impact of greenhouse gas emissions generated at the facility, earn maximum revenue for all partners, and provide green power to the local community.

The landfill produces 18 cubic metres of gas per minute which can be harnessed and transported to a landfill gas utilization facility to produce 12,274 megawatthours of electricity per year or enough energy for 1600 homes. The capital cost of the project was $2.8 million. Maxim Power Corporation operates the facility, sells electricity to BC Hydro and leases equipment from the CRD.

The CRD contributed $1.96 million to the project to be paid back with interest by Maxim. The additional $840,000 was contributed by Maxim.The power project qualifies as ‘green’ since it produces no net new emissions and so indirectly offsets approximately 6,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year.This innovative partnership has served as a model for other small communities and municipalities across the country. 

More information about the landfill can be found here: http://www.crd.bc.ca/waste/hartland/index.htm