North Yorkshire recycling and waste management company Yorwaste will double the electricity it generates from its Harewood Whin landfill site near York to 6MW. Three new generators, fuelled by gases produced by decomposing landfill, will provide 1MW of electricity to the national grid.
They will double the current output of 3MW produced by existing generators, which is enough to power more than 6,000 homes.
Yorwaste managing director Steve Grieve said: This is an ecologically important development as it involves the sustainable generation of electricity without leaving a major carbon footprint.
The Harewood Whin gas field has been extended into the operational area of the landfill site, thereby drawing off gases which might otherwise have escaped into the atmosphere, causing unpleasant smells.