Nopetro breaks ground on South Florida’s 1st landfill gas to RNG production facility

March 27, 2024. Nopetro Renewables broke ground on Southern Florida’s first landfill gas to renewable natural gas (RNG) facility in Indian River County.

The $40M facility in Vero Beach, named Vero Beach Nopetro Eco District, is estimated to initially produce 3 million gallons of RNG a year and prevent 30,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions, equivalent to eliminating emissions from 4,300 passenger cars, once operational. This project, expected to be completed in early 2025, is the largest investment in Indian River County in the past three years, adding more than 40 local jobs through construction and operation.

“This facility marks a significant milestone for Nopetro and monumental step toward unlocking sustainable opportunities in Florida – and across North America – as we transform waste into a valuable energy resource,” said Jorge Herrera, CEO of Nopetro Energy. “There’s no better time than the present to introduce creative, turnkey, and smarter energy solutions to the Sunshine State as we strive for a bright future for our children and future generations. Congratulations to Indian River County on this achievement and for taking proactive steps to address our shared environmental concerns.”

The new facility will receive landfill gas, which is generated from organic waste decay within the landfill, and refine it into RNG, a fully interchangeable biogas and the lowest carbon alternative fuel. After a purification process, the RNG will be pipeline ready, creating cleaner fuel for buses and trucks, and cleaner air for the surrounding community. It is estimated that the plant could provide as much as 80% of the natural gas used in Indian River County annually, offsetting fossil based natural gas demand within the local community.

“This facility is innovation at work, merging economic benefits and environmental benefits into one project,” said Indian River County Commission Chair Susan Adams.

Nopetro Renewables partnered with Mead & Hunt, an architectural, engineering, planning and construction services firm, to design and construct the facility.