Hartland Landfill Gas Utilization Project
A public-private partnership between the CRD and Maxim Power Corp has succeeded in harnessing methane produced
at the Hartland Landfill and transporting it to a generation facility to produce enough power for 1600 homes.
The Hartland Landfill Gas Utilization Project produces energy from methane discharged by decomposing waste.
The Hartland Landfill Green Power Project was public-
private partnership initiated in 2004 between the Capital
Regional District (CRD) and Maxim Power Corp to produce
electricity from methane discharged from decomposing
The goals of the project are to reduce the impact of
greenhouse gas emissions generated at the facility, earn
maximum revenue for all partners, and provide green
power to the local community
The landfill produces 18 cubic metres of gas per minute
which can be harnessed and transported to a landfill gas
utilization facility to produce 12,274 megawatthours of
electricity per year or enough energy for 1600 homes.
The capital cost of the project was $2.8 million. Maxim
Power Corporation operates the facility, sells electricity to
BC Hydro and leases equipment from the CRD. The CRD
contributed $1.96 million to the project to be paid back with
interest by Maxim. The additional $840,000 was contributed
In order to reduce the GHG emissions from the site, as
well as to reduce odours and improve occupational health
The power project qualifies as ‘green’ since it produces no
and safety, a LFG (landfill gas) collection and flaring
system was installed at the site. The Facility converts net new emissions and so indirectly offsets approximately
landfill gas to electricity. / CRD - Capital Regional District. 6,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year.
This innovative partnership has served as a model for other small communities and municipalities across the country.
More information about the landfill can be found here: http://www.crd.bc.ca/waste/hartland/index.htm