From Waste to Energy
The editorial “Wind Potential Great in N.C.” (Jan. 6) makes a compelling case for developing alternate nonconventional electricity sources, especially wind turbines, but makes no mention of the state’s most economically and environmentally attractive potential, the conversion of solid household waste to electricity.
A typical wind turbine will generate about three megawatts (MW) of electric power (when the wind is blowing), and requires about 30 acres of space. A waste-to-energy plant consuming the entire waste input to the Uwharrie landfill will generate about 90 MW of electricity about 93 percent of the time, enough for 70,000 to 90,000 households. Such a facility would take less land space than one wind turbine.
The Partners In Progress-proposed industrial park would be an ideal location for an anchor such a facility.
James A. Snyder
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