MUNSTER | Munster officials have firmed up plans for the ribbon cutting for the Centennial Park Landfill Gas to Energy project.
It will now be held at 1 p.m. Monday at 1005 S. Centennial Drive in Centennial Park.
The town has converted the closed landfill into a park complete with a nine-hole golf course, amphitheater, restaurant and banquet facility, walking trails and public art.
In partnership with Energy Systems Group and through funding made available by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Munster Redevelopment Commission has approved the development of this $4.3 million beneficial-use electric restoration project.
The town plans to sell the power it generates as a part of NIPSCO's renewable feed-in tariff at a rate predetermined for biomass projects.
The project includes an engine/generator that uses the gas from the landfill to provide about 1.1 megawatts of electricity. In addition to a new flare and blower, the project uses a heat conversion technology that will take excess heat off a large generator at the site.
That heat will then be transformed into additional electricity.
By capturing these landfill gases, this sustainable project is helping provide environmental benefits equivalent to the removal of emissions from more than 1,100 cars per year or the planting of about 1,200 acres of forest annually.
Joining in the ceremony Monday will be U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, Munster Town Council President David Nellans, Town Manager Tom DeGiulio, the Munster Town Council and Lawrence Roth, Energy Systems Group vice president of New Market Development.