Alexander: “Iris Glen on Cutting Edge of Green Energy”

Says Converting Waste into Electricity is Perfect Example of Turning a Problem into a Solution

Posted on April 15, 2009

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said here today that “the folks at Iris Glen have found a perfect example of turning a problem into a solution.” Alexander continued, “By taking the gas released from all this waste, they are able to power the nearby Veterans Hospital and Medical and Pharmacy Schools at ETSU. This is the cutting edge of green energy and a model for communities everywhere.” The Iris Glen Landfill Gas-to-Energy Project is a public-private partnership between the city and the contractor/operator, Energy Systems Group (ESG). The Iris Glen Landfill project converts landfill gas and uses it as a direct replacement for natural gas. ESG constructed a four-mile pipeline through the city to the Mountain Home Veterans Administration Medical Center where the renewable gas is used to generate electricity and steam. The Iris Glen Landfill Gas-to-Energy Facility eliminates the equivalent amount of emissions as would be saved by removing 34,000 cars from the road, or planting 49,000 acres of trees, or heating over 11,000 homes.