For immediate release: May 1, 2014
L&S Sweeteners and Granger team up to produce renewable energy
Officials from L&S Sweeteners and Granger Energy Services hosted an open house today for a generating plant in Leola, Pennsylvania, that will provide green energy for the on-site electric needs of L&S Sweeteners. Electricity not used by L&S Sweeteners will be delivered to the utility grid to supply electricity for local homes and businesses.
Representatives from Zook Molasses, L&S Sweeteners and Granger were on hand to celebrate the successful launch of the renewable energy project.
“Landfills are no longer just safe repositories for storing waste. Now, they are an even greater resource as we tap into landfills to collect tomorrow’s energy,” Granger Energy Services Chief Operating Officer Joel Zylstra said.
Landfill gas used to feed this process comes from Republic Services’ Conestoga Landfill in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, and Chester County Solid Waste Authority’s Lanchester Landfill in Narvon, Pennsylvania.
The naturally occurring gas in landfills is comprised of about 50 percent methane, which has about half the Btu value of natural gas. Landfill gas is captured through a perforated well pipe and pipe gathering system. The gas is pulled from the landfill into a compressor station, processed, and used as a fuel source for engine generator sets. The engine generators create electricity, which is used to supply L&S’ power needs, with any excess electricity provided to local homes and businesses through the existing power grid.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP), “Using landfill gas for energy is a win/win opportunity. Landfill gas utilization projects involve citizens, nonprofit organizations, local governments, and industry in sustainable community planning and create partnerships … By linking communities with innovative ways to deal with their landfill gas, LMOP contributes to the creation of livable communities that enjoy increased environmental protection, better waste management, and responsible community planning.”
The annual reduction of greenhouse gases attributable to this project is approximately the same as the carbon dioxide emissions from 15,105,111 gallons of gasoline consumed, or the carbon sequestered by more than 401,490 acres of U.S. forests. In addition, annual energy savings equate to powering 1,915 average homes.
“L&S Sweeteners is pleased to have the opportunity to partner with Granger to supply our facilities with green energy from landfill gas,” L&S Sweeteners General Manager Shawn Sensenig said.
Granger is a leader in the development of renewable energy projects and has been since 1985. A third generation, family-owned and operated business based in Lansing, Michigan, Granger has gained national recognition for its landfill gas-to-energy projects from leaders in the field, state agencies and the U.S. EPA. Granger has been a landfill owner and operator for nearly 40 years, and has successfully developed landfill gas projects in Alabama, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Utah.
About L&S Sweeteners
L&S Sweeteners, a division of Zook Molasses Company, was started in 1985 to serve the expanding needs of the sweeteners market and its sister company, Good Food Inc. Since then, L&S Sweeteners has become one of the Northeast’s largest processing facilities of bulk sweeteners.
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