Achieving fuel diversity with sustainable generation resources*
The Gainesville Renewable Energy Center (GREC) produces biomass energy from local wood waste. The 102.5-megawatt (MW) facility, located on GRU's Deerhaven Generating Station property, began commercial operations in December 2013. GRU does not own the plant, but purchases and owns 100 percent of the energy produced. By using a local fuel source to produce energy, GREC promotes the community’s energy independence, adds diversity to the fuel supply and helps shield customers from potential increases fossil-fuel prices.
Approximately 16 MW of solar energy have been installed through GRU’s solar initiatives. This includes 14.1 MW through the Solar Feed-in-tariff program and an additional 1.9 MW through Net Metering.
G2 Energy LLC began selling GRU electricity from its landfill-gas power plant in Marion County in January 2009. The three-megawatt plant currently generates about 2,000 megawatt hours of electricity per month from methane gas collected at the Marion County Baseline Landfill. Methane gas is naturally produced by decomposing organic matter. Instead of being burned wastefully, the greenhouse gas is being transformed into enough electricity to power more than 2,100 homes for a year.