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Project Profile

Jackson County NC Green Energy Park

LMOP Award Winner  Self Developed (Absence of third party developer)
Sylva, North Carolina
End User(s):
Jackson County Green Energy Park
Greenhouse, Heritage crafts
Jackson County Landfill
Landfill Size:
750,000 tons waste-in-place (1996)
Project Type:
Greenhouse and Direct Thermal (blacksmithing, metal foundry, glassblowing)
Project Size:
40 standard cubic feet per minute (scfm)
Environmental Benefits:
Carbon sequestered annually by 1,010 acres of pine or fir forests, annual greenhouse gas emissions from 910 passenger vehicles, or carbon dioxide emissions from 11,000 barrels of oil consumed. Annual energy savings equate to heating 140 homes. Estimated emissions reductions of 0.0013 million metric tons of carbon equivalents.
LMOP Partners Involved:
Jackson County Green Energy Park, McGee Environmental, Inc., North Carolina Department of Environment & Natural Resources
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Photo of blacksmith utilizing LFG at Jackson County Green Energy Park in North Carolina.

Jackson County, NC went all the way in creating an energy park to fuel the local economy. In October 2006, the county celebrated the initial phase of its conversion of a closed and aging landfill site into a thriving energy park that will provide up to 20 new jobs. The park includes three professional blacksmith studios and a series of greenhouses—all using landfill gas (LFG) as fuel. During its first year, the project also provided LFG to a biodiesel refinery. For its creative use of LFG, the Jackson County Green Energy Park earned LMOP's 2006 Project of the Year award.

The project's highlights include the following:

  • First to fire LFG in a blacksmith forge, reaching temperatures of 1,900°F.
  • Over 7,000 square feet of greenhouse space heated with LFG allows county to grow its own landscaping plants.
  • Implemented LFG use in glassblowing studios and metal foundry in 2009.
  • Future possible phases include pottery studios, waste heat recovery, and anaerobic digestion.

The Jackson County Green Energy Park offers students, energy professionals, engineers, and tourists alike the opportunity to see and experience first-hand LFG being used as a fuel. The energy park will have a significant impact on the local economy for many years to come and will be a model for LFG utilization and renewable energy applications.

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