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Georgia County Turning Waste into Big Energy Savings

April 6, 2011

The folks in Gwinnett County, Georgia, are undertaking a seriously noble task: taking some of the grossest stuff on Earth and turning it into some of the greenest stuff on Earth. The county's unique "Gas to Energy" system, being built at the F. Wayne Hill Water Resources Center, will turn gases from digesting biosolids, fats, oils, greases, and other high-strength industrial wastes into energy, reducing operating costs and sanitary sewer overflows. Their innovative approach to energy conservation was recognized with a Create Award from the Atlanta Regional Commission. The system is partially funded by $3.5 million from the county's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. See the Energy Blog post.