Funds collected will be contributed to these projects. The offsets from these projects are registered under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) which assure transparency and quality in the creation, quantification, and verification of offset projects.
Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority – Lebanon, PA
The Greater Lebanon Refuse Authority (GLRA) landfill has a history of being on the cutting edge of environmental responsibility for landfills. The gas-to-energy project consists of gas wells, piping, two 1.6-MW generators, the flare (now for backup purposes), and a Renewable Energy Education Center.
The GLRA Landfill role within the community goes beyond what most people think of when they think about landfills. The landfill has increased understanding of renewablfare energy in the local community. The GLRA and its energy partner have installed solar panels and a small wind turbine adjacent to the landfill gas generators, and the generator building includes a classroom where students of all ages can view real-time displays of the relative amounts of energy created by these three renewable energy sources.
Red Hills Wind Farm, Elk City, OK
The Red Hills Wind Farm is a mixed-use project that generates renewable power on agricultural and grazing land. The 82 turbines create 123 MW of electricity in an area that gets its power predominantly from coal. The project created 15 new, local full time jobs.
The project provides renewable energy to a region that relies predominantly on coal (65%) and natural gas (25%) for electrical production, and has no Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) in place. The project displaces greenhouse gas emissions from grid electricity generation. Local ranching and agricultural activities can continue in the local community.
TerraPass Project Portfolio includes the following project types
Landfill gas capture
The trash we bury in landfills decomposes slowly, producing methane which escapes into the atmosphere. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas – about 21 times as powerful as carbon dioxide – so projects which capture and destroy that gas are of great benefit to the climate.
These projects capture the methane from landfills using wells, pipes, blowers and other technology; and destroy the gas by burning it in a flare, by generating electricity, or by sending purified gas to industrial end-users for process heat.
Clean energy from wind farms
Most electricity comes from fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas. These conventional sources produce carbon dioxide emissions. Wind energy, on the other hand, is virtually carbon-free. Funding wind energy helps to lower the proportion of electricity we derive from dirty power sources.
Building and operating a wind farm takes a lot more than a strong breeze. Wind power is more expensive to produce than power from coal and natural gas. This is because electricity is only produced when the wind is blowing, and because the number of kilowatts produced varies depending on wind speed and direction.
When TerraPass supports a wind farm, we calculate how much carbon dioxide we’re reducing by examining the “carbon profile” of the electricity grid where the energy is produced. This carbon profile is calculated periodically by the US Environmental Protection Agency by examining the carbon dioxide emissions of all commercial energy sources within each regional grid. So, if generating a megawatt-hour of electricity results in emissions of 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide within a particular grid, then 100 MWh of clean energy generated within that grid saves 100,000 pounds of carbon dioxide.