Chisago County indirectly benefiting from power plant

Chisago County refuse is now being reused.

Until earlier this month, garbage produced in Chisago County was brought to the East Central Solid Waste Commission Landfill in Mora and burned with a giant torch to make way for more garbage coming into the landfill, Chisago County Solid Waste Administrator Lisa Thibodeau said.

On July 10, the power plant officially did away with the old way of doing business in favor of a “green” alternative.

The landfill is implementing a new generator that utilizes methane gas from decomposing waste to provide power equal to what about 1,600 households use, according to a press release from the Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency.

The cost of the project was $3.7 million.

SMMPA designed, financed and managed the project without the use of tax dollars, according to the organization.

The power produced from the 1.6-megawatt generator will be used by 18 of SMMPA’s member communities.

No communities in Chisago County will be utilizing the power.

However, Chisago County Administrator Bruce Messelt said, “Chisago County will benefit indirectly by lowering the energy costs at the facility – which will use some of the produced energy) – and increasing the revenue generated to the commission by the sale of power to Mora.”

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