School Benefits from Landfill Gas

TRC developed landfill gas into the primary source of energy for the high school providing an annual energy savings of more than $100,000.



Antioch Community High School

Project Location

Antioch, IL

Awards & Recognition

American Council of Engineering Companies Honor Award

American Council of Engineering Companies National Grand Award 

USEPA Landfill Methane Outreach Program 2003 Project of the Year

Antioch Community High School (ACHS) resides approximately one-half mile from a closed landfill. Never did the school think that residing next to the landfill would be an advantage, until TRC contacted ACHS to determine its interest in using the landfill gas as an energy source. In 2002, TRC and ACHS entered into an agreement to develop the landfill gas into the primary energy source for the high school.

The new system consists of 12 30-kW Capstone MicroTurbines™ powered by landfill gas collected from the closed landfill. TRC’s design included tying into the existing gas collection system at the landfill, installing a gas cleaning and compression system, and transferring the gas to the school grounds for combustion in the microturbines to generate electricity. TRC also helped ACHS submit a $550,000 grant application to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs’ Renewable Energy Resource Program. TRC also worked with the local government, school officials, and EPA; and provided public relations assistance to ACHS by attending Antioch Village Board meetings to answer questions from concerned citizens.

The $1.9 million project became operational in 2003, designating ACHS as the first school in the country to use landfill gas for both heat and electrical production. The school, students, community, public, and environment benefit from:

  • Lower energy costs from off-setting utility costs for electricity and natural gas
  • Additional revenue from selling electricity to the Commonwealth Edison utility
  • Clean, complete combustion of waste gas
  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions
  • Internal use of waste heat at the school
  • Educational opportunities as a result of the on-campus gas-to-energy system

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