White Plains, N.Y.-based Fortistar, a developer of energy-generating projects, will build a landfill gas-to-energy project at a Republic Services landfill in Richmond, Va. Groundbreaking on the facility is slated for early 2011, and the project should begin commercial operations late next year, Republic says.

The energy generated by the 6.4-megawatt project, which will be located at the Old Dominion Sanitary Landfill, will be sold to the Old Dominion Electric Cooperative. The facility will generate enough electricity to power approximately 3,700 homes, according to Republic.

“The commissioning of this renewable energy resource for the people of Virginia is another example of Republic’s commitment to the environment,” said Don Slager, president and COO of Republic Services, in a press release. “This plant represents the current best available technology for emissions controls, making it an extremely clean energy source and will help the state increase its renewable energy supply.”

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