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SJI and Captona Announce Construction of one of the Largest Food Waste-to-RNG Facilities in the US

The project will strengthen clean energy efforts for the NJ/NY region

December 20, 2023 8:45 AM EST

FOLSOM, NJ, Dec. 20, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --                                                                                                  Media Contact: Krystle Straus Director, Exeternal Communications

(609)-561-9000 ext. 4131

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SJI and Captona Announce Construction of one of the Largest Food Waste-to-RNG Facilities in the US

The project will strengthen clean energy efforts for the NJ/NY region

FOLSOM, NJ, December 20, 2023 – SJI remains committed to investing in projects to advance the clean energy and decarbonization goals of New Jersey and our region. SJI, Captona, and RNG Energy Solutions today announce their partnership to construct one of the largest food waste-to-renewable natural gas (RNG) projects in the United States. The Linden Renewable Energy (LRE) Project, based in Linden, NJ will convert organic waste into pipeline-quality RNG that can be used for a variety of applications to displace fossil fuels.

First-ever opportunity for Elizabethtown Gas customers to receive RNG.

This marks SJI’s first non-utility led anaerobic digester project that will directly connect its utility customers with a New Jersey-based RNG producer. Elizabethtown Gas, one of SJI’s primary utility subsidiaries, will blend the RNG from the Project into its existing natural gas distribution system.

The LRE Project will accept a wide range of feedstock, including food waste from industrial, commercial, and institutional entities, as well as grease waste from restaurants and other food service establishments. Anaerobic digestion is a natural process that breaks down waste in the absence of oxygen to produce natural gas and a nutrient-rich material that can be used as fertilizer.

As a result, the LRE Project will convert up to 1,475 tons of waste to produce up to 3,783MMBtu/day of RNG—this is the energy equivalent value of 30,200 gallons of gasoline per day. The LRE Project includes development and construction of multiple off-site food waste pre-processing and depackaging operations in New York City, New York State and New Jersey.

“SJI is thrilled to continue its commitment to decarbonization and RNG by investing in the Linden Renewable Energy facility. It’s a triple win for us—it repurposes food waste, generates renewable energy that our customers can benefit from, and bolsters our commitment to environmental stewardship,” said SJI President and CEO, Mike Renna. “Through this flagship project, we’re actively contributing to a more sustainable, energy-efficient future for both our state and the environment.”

“Captona recognizes this marquee investment in this food waste-to RNG plant in New York City and the New Jersey area as a major milestone in the growth of its Energy Transition Infrastructure portfolio of Fuel Cell, RNG, Solar and Storage projects” said Captona’s Founder and CEO, Izzet Bensusan. “This project will greatly contribute to reducing emissions and upcycling food waste.”

Utilizing proven technology and experienced partners to power the clean energy transition.

LRE has partnered with Phoenix Power Group as the engineering, procurement and construction provider and is proud to have top tier equipment providers to bring this project to completion. It has also strategically aligned with multiple waste haulers in New York City and New Jersey that will provide source-separated waste as part of their compliance with New York City and New Jersey organic waste diversion requirements.

"The City of Linden has been a proud host community for the Project," said Linden Mayor Derek Armstead. "This is another in a long list of renewable energy projects that the City has undertaken. We have supported the LRE Project throughout the planning phase and we definitely appreciate the investment in our City and the hundreds of union construction jobs that come with it. This is a long-term renewable and sustainable solution to waste management, and we look forward to our continued association with the Project and its sponsors."

“The LRE Project will provide a sustainable and competitive waste management service within a 40-mile metro region with over 18 million residents. The same region has implemented aggressive organic waste diversion regulations that need a sustainable anaerobic digestion project solution,” said James Potter, President of RNG Energy Solutions. “We are not aware of any project site within this proximity to NYC that affords the superior capacity to receive barges combined with close proximity to the I-95 transportation corridor. These optimized transportation logistics make the project the preferred low carbon and low-cost provider of organic waste management services.”

A consortium of lenders led by Investec Bank plc raised project financing debt to support the construction and operation of the plant.

The project will begin construction this month with a target completion date of Q1 2026.

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About SJI

SJI, an energy infrastructure holding company based in Folsom, NJ, delivers energy services to customers through two primary subsidiaries:  SJI Utilities (SJIU) and SJI Energy Enterprises (SJIEE).  SJIU houses the company’s regulated natural gas utility operations, delivering safe, reliable and affordable natural gas to more than 725,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers across New Jersey via its South Jersey Gas and Elizabethtown Gas subsidiaries. SJIEE houses the company’s non-utility operations primarily focused on clean energy development and decarbonization via renewable energy production and energy management activities. 

For more information about SJI and its subsidiaries visit https://www.sjindustries.com.

About Captona

Captona is a North America-focused investment company dedicated to the Energy Transition and Decarbonization. Captona invests in late stage, mid-market Clean & Renewable Energy projects across North America with a focus on Wind, Solar, Fuel Cell, Renewable Natural Gas, and Storage assets.   The team differentiates itself through its unique strategies like repowering and drastically improving aging Solar and Wind farms, while preserving land.

For more information about Captona visit https://captona.com.

About RNG Energy Solutions

RNG Energy Solutions is a successful developer of complex energy infrastructure projects. The RNG Energy Team has completed development of multiple projects using and deploying diverse energy and project solutions. These include gas fired combined cycle, mid merit generation, biomass, biogas (anaerobic digesters), landfill gas and fuel cell projects.

For more information about RNG Energy Solutions visit https://rngenergysolutions.com.

Source: South Jersey Industries


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