Veolia Energy North America has started construction of a landfill gas-to-energy project in the US at the Veolia Environmental Services North America Hickory Meadows landfill, located in eastern Wisconsin.

The project, slated to commence operation in early summer 2011, will have an initial capacity to generate approximately 42,000MWh of electricity per year, enough to power about 2,800 homes.

Once complete, the 4.8MW facility will include three landfill reciprocating engine generator sets with a capacity of 1.6MW each, fueled exclusively by the landfill gas.

Landfill gas, which is normally burned off, will be captured and sent via the landfill’s existing gas collection system to the facility, where it will be transformed into electricity.

Veolia Energy has entered into an agreement with electricity and gas supplier Wisconsin Public Service, which will purchase all of the power generated by the plant, along with the Renewable Energy Credits associated with the energy output.

Based in Boston, Massachusetts, Veolia Energy is an operator and developer of sustainable energy systems.