Republic Services Caps Landfill With Flexible Solar Cover
First company to integrate solar technology to create energy-producing cover system
Who: Republic Services, Inc., owner of the Tessman Road Landfill, CPS Energy and community leaders. Republic Services, a leading provider of solid waste and recycling services, owns or operates 242 transfer stations, 213 solid waste landfills and 78 recycling facilities. The company is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona and has more than 35,000 employees. What: A dedication ceremony to commemorate the inaugural use of a flexible solar cover on a landfill. The Solar Energy Cover generates clean, renewable energy, reducing the need for nonrenewable sources. The landfill facilities now run completely on green power -- the solar technology and an existing methane gas-to-electricity plant. The flexible solar strips, developed by United Solar, capture the sun's rays for conversion into electricity and are adhered directly to a Firestone manufactured synthetic geomembrane cover. Republic and partner, CPS Energy, Greater San Antonio's electric and natural gas provider, will document the results of this project for use in the deployment of solar energy covers on landfills throughout the region and to provide electricity in excess of the landfill facilities' needs to area power customers. When: April 2, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. Why: As part of its ongoing commitment to creating cleaner, greener communities, Republic Services has embarked on a revolutionary new venture that will allow the company's landfills to increase their overall energy output. Republic operates more than 65 renewable energy projects nationwide, primarily capturing landfill gas. Republic's facilities provide enough energy to meet the needs of 319,177 homes. Using this renewable energy source reduces emissions equivalent to taking more than 3,108,839 cars off the road. To have the same effect, you would have to plant 3,857,787 acres of pine or fir trees. Where: The dedication ceremony will take place at the Tessman Road Landfill 7000 East I-10, San Antonio, TX, 78219 Take I-10/US 90 East past the intersection with I-410. Take exit 583 toward N. Foster Road and stay on frontage road. Continue to first driveway and enter on your right. You will see an Allied Waste sign at the entrance to the landfill. (Approximately 15 minutes from downtown San Antonio.) Media Contacts: Republic Services Peg Mulloy 480.627.2887;
firstname.lastname@example.orgCPS Energy Bob McCullough 210.353.2344; RGMcCullough@CPSEnergy.com/PRNewswire - March 25/
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