Museum of Aviation now at 100 percent renewable energy

efarlow@macon.comJune 8, 2013 

The Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins is now purchasing renewable energy for 100 percent of its power.

Flint Energies began supplying the entire museum with renewable energy May 1, according to a news release from Flint.

Jimmy Autry, senior vice president at Flint, said the museum first purchased renewable energy for its Eagle Building in 2009.

“At that point, Flint had limited resources and couldn’t provide (energy) to the whole museum,” Autry said.

Now Flint can provide renewable energy from Houston County’s landfill to the entire museum. Houston County sells methane gas from the landfill to Flint.

“We generate electricity at the landfill,” then Flint allocates the electricity to the museum as they purchase it, Autry said.

Autry called it an accounting transaction. Rather than directing energy straight from the landfill to the museum, Flint creates energy from methane gas and sells that energy to the museum.

Autry said the museum buys about 2.4 million kilowatt-hours of energy from Flint per year at 9.5 cents per kwh.

Terry Landreth, of the 78th Civil Engineer Group Energy Office, said in an email from base spokesman David Donato that Robins will save more than $10,000 annually with the agreement.

The move comes at a time when Robins officials are turning up thermostats and cutting back maintenance to save money due to federal budget cuts known as sequestration. However, Donato said sequestration did not affect the decision to switch the museum to renewable energy.

According to the Flint release, the landfill gives the electric cooperative access to 3.2 megawatts of energy, enough to provide other businesses with renewable energy as well.

To contact writer Emily Farlow, call 744-4225.

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