The Harvest Power Energy Garden has launched in Richmond, British Columbia, making it the largest commercial-scale high solids anaerobic digester in North America.
The system produces renewable energy from food and yard waste, and extract energy in the form of heat and electricity from organic waste, which would otherwise go to landfill. That energy is sold back to the grid under a power purchase agreement with BC Hydro.
The biogas produced from anaerobic digestion gets purified and is then turned into electricity, says Harvest Power.
The facility began producing electricity in March 2013 and now produces enough energy to power approximately 900 homes per year.
“This facility represents the innovation, passion and commitment required to usher in the future of organics management,” said Paul Sellew, Harvest Power founder and CEO, in a statement to media. “We are excited to continue our partnership with the Metro Vancouver and the City of Richmond community to cost-effectively convert organic materials once destined for the landfill into clean energy and compost products.”
The federal government contributed $4 million through the Clean Energy Fund to Harvest Power to develop and demonstrate the technology. The project also received a $1.5 million contribution from the BC Bioenergy Network.
Harvest’s services and products help reduce landfill-bound waste and greenhouse gas emissions associated with transportation while providing clean, local renewable energy and top quality soil products.
Supporters of the project are: BC Hydro, Metro Vancouver and member municipalities, Port Metro Vancouver, haulers, landscapers and local residents.