City of San Jose’s Organics-to-Energy Biogas Plant Taking Shape

The San Jose City Council has authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop guidelines and potential lease terms for the development of an organics-to-energy biogas.

The MOU would set forth the guidelines and workplan for the potential lease terms of a biogas project. If the negotiations for the MOU are successful, the City of San Jose would issue the lease to Zero Waste Energy Development Company, Inc., a partnership between GreenWaste Recovery and their sister company, Zanker Road Resource Management.

The facility could take in up to 150,000 tons of organic waste per year to process and produce energy through anerobic digestion—from waste what would have been destined for a landfill. The resulting energy could supply power to the adjacent San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant (Plant) or be sold back into the regional electrical utility power grid.

The proposed facility would be the first in United States, pending development of lease terms and the necessary regulatory and environmental approvals, as well as approval of the City’s partners in the Water Pollution Control Plant.

The proposed facility could employ 30 to 40 during development and construction and is expected to create and retain 50 to 60 direct and supporting jobs when fully operational.

“Creating green jobs that can’t be outsourced overseas is essential to rebuilding our local and state economy. Through projects like this, San Jose is becoming the world center for clean tech innovation. The proposed Zanker Road Biogas facility can be a model for other municipalities, showing how this technology can help solve their energy challenges,” said San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed.

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