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Number of engines:


Number of cylinders per engine:


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3.2 Megawatts (MW)

Combined, the engines can produce 3.2 MW of electricity.

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40,437 lbs

Each engine eights 40,437 lbs which is the same as approximately 3 African Bush Elephants.

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Each engine uses 143 gallons of oil. Combines, the amount of oil would fill a 3 person hot tub.

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For reference, that is approximately the same amount of energy needed to power 1,908 average-use residential homes.

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What area would encompass 1,908 average-use homes?

It’s impossible to say which homes in our service territory are actually served by landfill-gas electricity because of the nature of electrons. However, if you want to know what 1,908 homes looks like, imagine the entire residential neighborhood in downtown Kalispell south of Center Street and west of Main Street (as of March 2023).

Emissions Reductions

Methane is a greenhouse gas that results from decaying garbage. It is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

Most of the methane emitted from the landfill is captured in this process, then converted to much less potent carbon dioxide (CO2), when the gas is burned to produce electricity. This results in a reduction of total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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1 methane

(CH4) molecule is as potent as

25 carbon dioxine

(CO2) molecules.

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60 to 90%

Percentage of landfill methane that is captured by the LFG system.

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