MENANDS, N.Y. -- A going green initiative at the Albany County Sewer District will save the county thousands of dollars in energy costs.
A combined heat and power system was unveiled at the North Plant in Menands. The Organic Rankine Cycle captures waste heat from evaporated sludge to make electricity.
A Senior Project Manager for NYSERDA says the technology will create huge energy savings for the sewer district.
"It can reduce electric costs by $400,000 a year. It is much cleaner. It is going to reduce carbon emissions. So it will help the environment," said Ed Kear, NYSERDA Senior Project Manager.
The project was made possible through a $2 million award from NYSERDA and funding provided through the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation.