Project Experience

Clean Energy – Landfill Gas-to-Energy Civil/Site Design and Permitting at Sauk Trail Hills Landfill

Site plan includes 3,000 linear feet of stream enclosure to free up valuable real estate and provide space for all project components

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Cornerstone is providing site design and permitting services to Canton Renewables, a subsidiary of Clean Energy Renewable Fuels (CERF), to develop a landfill gas (LFG) plant at Republic Services’ Sauk Trail Hills Landfill (Sauk), in Canton Township, Michigan. Clean Energy is a major renewable energy developer that owns and operates LFG-to-vehicle fuel systems throughout the United States. Cornerstone has been involved since the early stages of this project, from the initial permit evaluation study to the final issuance of township, county, and state permits.

Cornerstone worked with CERF to develop a site plan on a half-acre parcel of the Sauk to construct a 4,200 scfm high-Btu LFG treatment facility, in which end product gas is compressed and inserted into the utility transmission pipeline and then resold for energy credits in California.

The site plan became more complex as the project progressed, due to increasing footprint demands to house additional equipment. The plan was also complicated by stream and sanitary easements that had not been properly recorded and mapped. Cornerstone coordinated simultaneous permit applications with township, county, and state officials, through several iterations, to bring the permit process to closure. The final site plan includes about 3,000 linear feet of stream enclosure to free up valuable real estate and provide sufficient space for the processing plant, truck loading, fire access, landscaping, and storm drainage.

Key Project Activities

  • Engineer’s assessment
  • LFG study analysis
  • Civil site design
  • Local resource connections
  • Permitting assistance