Advanced Disposal, Green Power EMC and Energy Systems Group (ESG) have inaugurated the Pecan Row Landfill gas-to-electricity plant at Valdosta in Georgia.

Advanced Disposal collaborated with Energy Systems Group to design, build, own and operate the plant at the Pecan Row Landfill.

The plant, which is set to qualify for a federal investment tax credit, would generate about 4.8MW of electricity to power approximately 2,000 homes.

According to the firms, the plant will generate electricity by capturing landfill gas emitted from decomposing trash.

The project is said to be helpful in providing environmental benefits equivalent to the removal of emissions from more than 34,000 cars per year or the planting of about 38,000 acres of forest annually.

Electricity generated by the plant will be purchased by Green Power through a long term power purchase agreement.

ESG president Greg Collins said "The company is proud to make this significant investment in the local community and to enhance the environment by converting waste into a power resource."

"This marks ESG’s third landfill gas project in Georgia, and our sixth in the United States, further exemplifying our strong focus on developing sustainable infrastructure solutions," Collins added.