From the Wilkes Journal-Patriot:
The Wilkes County Landfill Gas Project is expected to start putting electricity on the grid through Duke Energy next week, said County Planning Director Eddie Barnes.
Under an agreement between Duke Energy and Wilkes County government, Duke will buy all electricity generated by the methane gas project at the old county landfill off Germantown Road in Moravian Falls. County commissioners unanimously approved the agreement on June 25.
Barnes said that based on the contract, which stipulates that Duke Energy will purchase the system’s maximum capacity of 85 kilowatts of electricity per hour, the Appalachian State University Energy Office estimated that Duke Energy will pay the county about $26,000 annually. This is based on about 5 cents per kilowatt hour.