Earth Day Tour Features Lancaster County
Posted: April 20, 2011
Lancaster County Center of Excellence in Renewable Energy celebrated its annual Earth Day Field Tour of Renewable Energy Sites on Tuesday April 19, 2011. Start the day with Breakfast and a Presentation "Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings" with featured speaker is Marcus Sheffer, Energy & Environmental Consultant @ 7group.
The Group then visited Armstrong World Industries for a brief walking tour of the LEED-EB Platinum Certified Corporate Headquarters Building where green technology is tested and deployed on site. The visit included a tour of their showroom of new green products and technology, high recycled content materials, and DC FlexZone™ a new distribution system of low-voltage DC power ceiling grid that hooks up to solar panels.
The tour stop also included a visit to the wind turbines operated by the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority (LCSWMA) in partnership with PPL Renewable Energy (PPLRE) and Turkey Hill Dairy.
This dedicated 3.2 MW wind project opened in October 2010 at the Frey Farm Landfill in Manor Township. The project includes two 1.6 MW GE wind turbines that will generate about 7.7 million Kwh of electricity, or approximately 25 percent of Turkey Hill's electricity demand. The group also learned how methane is extracted from the Frey Farm Landfill, which generates electricity and steam utilized by PPL and Turkey Hill Dairy a project in operation since 2005.