Brazil's Sao Paulo inaugurates 29.5-MW biogas plant

Inauguration of 29.5-MW biogas plant in Sao Paulo. Source: Governo do Estado de São Paulo (www.energia.sp.gov.br).

September 19 (SeeNews) - Brazil's Sao Paulo state announced on Friday the inauguration of a 29.5-MW biogas thermal power plant, which the government says is the largest in the country.

Named Termoverde Caieiras, the plant was built on a landfill owned by local company Essencis. It will generate clean energy from the methane gas coming from waste. The plant represents an investment of more than BRL 100 million (USD 30.58m/EUR 27.38m) and is controlled by local conglomerate Grupo Solvi.

In addition to increasing the country's energy security, this plant also helps with one of the main challenges of the modern world, which is to turn urban waste into clean electricity, Sao Paulo's Secretary of Energy and Mining, Joao Carlos Meirelles said.

Currently, Sao Paulo state has 70 MW of installed biogas capacity diverting waste from landfills. If all the waste produced in the country was harnessed for biogas, the power generated could be sufficient to supply 30% of the national demand, the Sao Paulo government noted.

(BRL 1 = USD 0.306/EUR 0.274)

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