Raytheon, a company perhaps best known for its defense systems and missile systems, has made arrangements to partially power five of its North Texas facilities with electricity generated from methane gas that has been harvested from landfills. The company providing the electricity is Montauk Energy, a gas-to-energy landfill facility in McKinney, Texas.
Raytheon reports that its five sites will be purchasing enough renewable energy to power 2,400 homes. The energy represents about 20% of the combined facilities’ needs. Since the energy can’t actually be sent directly to Raytheon, the company gets the electricity in the form of Green-e-certified renewable energy credits.
Raytheon points out that, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as of December 2010, at least 541 operational gas-to-energy landfill projects in 46 states are busy turning methane into electricity. Combined, the facilities generate approximately 1,684 megawatts of electricity per year.
About 510 additional landfills are currently candidates for landfill-gas-to-energy projects. Texas has 24 landfill gas energy projects and at least 57 more suitable sites.