Power today unveiled the Central Florida Energy Garden, an organics
management and renewable energy facility that is the first of its kind
in the U.S., converting organic waste into renewable biogas and natural
fertilizers. The anaerobic digester combines a unique set of proven
technologies and will divert hundreds of thousands of tons of waste from
Central Florida landfills.
Located within the Reedy Creek Improvement District (RCID), the Energy
Garden uses anaerobic digestion - a biological process that relies on
trillions of naturally occurring bacteria - to produce renewable biogas.
When operating at full capacity, the facility will process more than
120,000 tons of organic materials annually while producing 5.4 megawatts
of combined heat and power.
"We are immensely proud of the teamwork that transformed this
technically sophisticated project from a vision to a reality," said Alex
MacFarlane, vice president of Project Development. "As North American
demand for recycling of organic waste grows, this anaerobic digestion
facility is a revelation for what is possible. Designed to the highest
standards, we hope it will serve as an inspiration for more communities
to divert organics from the landfill."
Harvst Power's Energy Garden helps businesses and communities across
Central Florida reduce and reuse organic material, increase renewable
energy production and revitalize soil to boost local agriculture.
Restaurants, hotels and food processors throughout the region are now
able to send food scraps to the Energy Garden. Walt Disney World Resort
- located within RCID - is the facility's first customer with additional
businesses in surrounding communities signing up every day.
"We're always looking for innovative ways to conserve natural resources
and protect the environment," said Bill Warren, administrator for Reedy
Creek Improvement District, which provides governmental services,
including utility systems. "Turning organic waste into clean energy is a
logical next step toward realizing long-term sustainability goals."
Food waste disposal is one of North America's greatest challenges.
Currently, compostable organic material makes up the largest and
heaviest portion of the overall waste stream in the U.S., according to
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The majority of organic
material is discarded with waste and hauled to distant landfills. In
Central Florida, about 24 pounds of food waste enters a landfill every
second - or more than 1,000 tons per day.
Harvest Power is also launching a new campaign in Central Florida,
encouraging businesses to divert their food waste from landfills and
convert it to renewable energy via the Harvest facility. The "Orlando Or
Landfill? Responsible Food Recovery" campaign challenges businesses and
consumers to "Choose Orlando" to reduce pressure on landfills and help
fuel local renewable energy production. Harvest Power works with a
variety of municipalities and private haulers to provide simple
solutions for food waste recycling.
For more information on this project, visit www.WeChooseOrlando.com.
About Harvest Power
Harvest creates a more sustainable future by helping communities better
manage and beneficially re-use their organic waste through the
production of renewable energy, and soils, mulches and natural
fertilizers. Harvest's vision is to find the highest and best use for
the 500 million tons of organic material produced in North America each
year. The company operates organics management facilities in the East
and West Coasts of the U.S., and in Ontario and British Columbia,
Canada. Harvest has grown rapidly since its founding in 2008 and has
garnered awards for its business of recycling, energy generation and
soil revitalization. The company has been named to the Global Cleantech
100 four years in a row and received Bloomberg's 2013 New Energy Pioneer
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