As the saying goes, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. The Scottsboro Solid Waste Department and the City of Scottsboro reaps these benefits through a stimulus grant to convert Waste to Energy.
In February 2010 the City of Scottsboro was awarded an Energy Efficiency Grant, part of the Green Energy Stimulus Package, to convert Waste to Energy. The methane gas captured at the Scottsboro landfill is being collected and sent to a 500 KW generator to produce electricity. The city of Scottsboro has partnered with TVA and North Alabama Electric Co-op to sell the electricity that is generated. A flare system has been installed to burn away any excess gas, preventing the greenhouse gas from being released into the atmosphere.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) administrated this grant with funds made available by the U.S. Department of Energy as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
This Green Energy Project is not only a valuable energy source for the City of Scottsboro but it is also good for our environment. This project can be seen at the Scottsboro Landfill.