The plant has a total of five generators: three primary generators and two backup generators. The three primary generators are as follows: one 825-killowatt unit powered by landfill gas; one 1,350-killowatt unit that operate on natural gas; and one 770-killowatt unit that operates on natural gas. One 1,350-killowatt natural gas unit and one 2,250-killowatt diesel-powered unit serve as backup generators.
The plant burns a combination of methane and natural gas to power the generators. When the methane levels decrease from the landfill, the facility will switch over to natural gas. The combustion process is clean and complete, and does not produce any odors.
Methane produced by the landfill, through the natural decomposition of wastes, is captured and transported via a 3,100-foot pipeline that is buried five-feet deep. The pipeline is located on the outskirts of campus, and traverses an open field. Landfill gas that is recovered with an adequate and efficient collection system is much safer and cleaner than either venting or flaring the gas, as is done currently.