The new renewable energy facility will be located immediately north of the SWA‚Äôs existing Palm Beach County Renewable Energy Facility No. 1 on Jog Road in West Palm Beach. It will reduce the amount of waste currently being landfilled by up to 85 percent, delaying for many years the need to develop a new landfill in Palm Beach County.
The plant will process 1 million tons of municipal solid waste per year and generate enough electricity to power 56,000 homes. The plant will be equipped with advanced control technology to reduce emissions. In addition, the emissions permit limits will be the lowest of any renewable energy facility combusting municipal solid waste in the United States.
Integration of multiple conveyors created difficulty. The conveyors also tied into two different buildings so Tower and Trusses/Bents required significant coordination and planning to mate up to other equipment. The tower, trusses, and bents were open structures exposed to wind loads. Due to the location, the structures were designed for hurricane force winds.