The digester is expected to generate 1.4 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 1,000 homes, the report says. It is also expected to take in 54,000 tons of food waste and 20,000 tons of leaves and wood per year.
The increase or organics recycling facilities in Southington comes from Connecticut’s law requiring commercial-sized producers within 20 miles of a facility to recycle any left over food waste, the report says. Since Southington is a centrally located city with easy highway access, it is seen as a preferred location.
Quantum Biopower built an anaerobic digestion facility in Southington that began operations in February 2017 and serves the areas of Hartford, Waterbury and New Haven. It is expected to generate enough electricity to power 800 homes after its generator comes online, according to a separate WNPR report. Quantum’s generator is slated to come online in April or May.
Turning Earth’s operations will begin by the second quarter of 2018, the report says.