Goal: Support company’s plans to build highly sustainable waste-to-energy plant in Arizona
Spanish engineering company Abengoa has announced plans to build and operate a $110 million waste-to-energy plant in Glendale, Arizona. This ambitious project will use a gasification process that will produce up to 350 tons of gas and generate 15 megawatts of electricity daily, processing 180,000 tons of municipal solid waste annually. The facility is expected to create about 50 jobs.
Unlike many biogas facilities that are limited to treating organic waste, the Abengoa plant will have the technology to gasify recyclable and non-recyclable plastics. As the largest developer of solar-thermal power plants, Abengoa has spent years developing their highly efficient system for managing municipal waste while simultaneously creating a sustainable energy source. Waste-to-energy plants are most common in Europe, whereas the U.S. has only a few facilities that are older and less efficient.
This process will minimize Glendale’s environmental footprint by increasing the recovery rate of recyclable material from municipal solid waste and utilizing a resource that otherwise would be disposed of. This technology will be beneficial for the local economy and environment, allowing Arizona the potential to become an emerging leader in sustainable waste management. The plant will hopefully also serve as a model for investment and exploration in sustainable technology throughout the U.S.
Sign this petition to commend Abengoa for granting Arizona this exciting new opportunity to explore waste-to-gas plants in the U.S.
Your company’s plans for a waste-to-energy treatment facility in Arizona will have a highly positive impact in Glendale and beyond.
Abengoa’s innovations in gasification to process both organic waste and plastics offers provide a much-needed solution to the growing challenges of waste management and clean energy production. We hope the Glendale plant will provide a model for sustainable waste management and energy generation that can be replicated throughout the U.S.
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