What do I need to know about the Solid Waste Authority’s new Renewable Energy Facility 2?
Renewable Energy Facility 2 will be the cleanest, most advanced facility of its kind ever built, and certainly the cleanest solid waste disposal facility in the nation!
Will be the first new Waste-to-Energy facility built in the United States in 20 years
Will be able to process 3,000 tons of material per day, or 1 million tons of material per year that is currently being delivered to the landfill directly across the street
Will use mass burn technology to reduce the volume of waste going to the landfill by more than 90%
Will be able to produce enough energy to supply power to an estimated 40,000 homes, and will be sold to Florida Power and Light Company for that purpose
Will extend the life of the existing landfill to the year 2046
Will incorporate technological advancements in combustion management and air pollution control systems, such as Selective Catalytic Reduction technology for NOx (nitrogen oxides) control:
NOx emissions will be 50% less on an annual limit basis and 67% less on an hourly basis than the Environmental Protections Agency’s (EPA) Maximum Achievable Control Technology standard
Will require no increase in water consumption on the site above the potable water needed for the restrooms and kitchens, and will conserve water through:
Using an Air Cooled Condenser
Harvesting rainwater from the roofs
Extensive use of recycled wastewater
Will include a LEED Platinum Education Center incorporating numerous advancements in sustainable building practices