Viridi Energy (Viridi), a renewable natural gas (RNG) platform, has begun construction on a landfill RNG project at the Marathon County Solid Waste Department’s landfill in Ringle, Wisconsin. The development creates a partnership between Viridi and Marathon County that will convert landfill gas into RNG, equal to more than 3 million gallons (11.36 million liters) of gasoline annually.
While the management team has developed more than a dozen landfill to RNG sites and has more than 100 years of combined experience in the industry, this is one of the first landfill projects developed under the Viridi name, a company they launched last year with the backing of Warburg Pincus and Green Rock Energy Partners. Viridi will be converting a dormant biogas-to-energy project into an RNG facility.
For Marathon County, the partnership with Viridi is its latest sustainable infrastructure venture. The county believes the project will have a direct, positive environmental impact on the surrounding community by reducing the need for on-site emissions mitigation through the conversion of naturally occurring landfill gas into clean RNG. “As the transition away from fossil fuels accelerates, our Marathon County project showcases how waste-to-energy projects can be a win-win-win. We are reducing greenhouse gas emissions at the county’s landfill, converting that landfill gas into clean RNG, and replacing the need for fossil fuel-derived natural gas in the process,” said Viridi Chief Executive Officer Dan Crouse. “In addition to the environmental impact, we are excited to support the local economy in Marathon County as we kick off operations in the community.”
Viridi said that once the construction phase is complete and the facility is operational, it will deliver clean energy to offtake partners, including long-term buyers of RNG and the transportation market.