Waltham, Massachusetts based Harvest Power has opened a 5.4 MW anaerobic digestion facility that will process organic waste into biogas for energy generation in central Florida.
The company explained that, when operating at full capacity, its Central Florida Energy Garden will process more than 120,000 tons (109,000 tonnes) of organic wastes annually while producing 5.4 MW of combined heat and power.
Harvest Power added that the facility will help businesses and communities across central Florida reduce and reuse organic material, increase renewable energy production and revitalise soil to boost local agriculture.
Restaurants, hotels and food processors throughout the region can now send food scraps to the Energy Garden.
The company said that Walt Disney World Resort - also located within Reedy Creek Improvement District - is the facility’s first customer with additional businesses in surrounding communities signing up every 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.
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.
For more information on the project, visit www.wechooseorlando.com
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