Waste Power from Orange County Landfills

Trash collected in Orange County waste management goes to three landfills.  The three landfills have composite liner systems that keeps natural gas contained, and it is removed in wells.  It is then burned in renewable energy power plants, and produces useful energy.  We give a summary of the energy output.

The Frank R. Bowerman landfill in Irvine generates 22 megawatts, and produces 155,000 megawatt-hours per year, serving up to 14,700 homes.

The Olinda landfill in Brea generates 37.5 megawatts, and produces 179,000 megawatt-hours per year, serving 17,000 households.

The Prima Deshecha landfill in San Juan Capistrano generates 6 megawatts, and produces 44,000 megawatt-hours per year, serving 4,200 households.

Summing the three landfills, they produce 66 megawatts, and 378,000 megawatt-hours per year, serving 36,000 households.

Laguna Beach uses the Bowerman and Deshecha landfills.

About Dennis SILVERMAN

I am a retired Professor of Physics and Astronomy at U C Irvine. For a decade I have been active in learning about energy and the environment, and in lecturing and attending classes at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UC Irvine.
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