A combined solar and methane power plant in South Australia is set to begin operating within days. 

In what’s believed to be an Australian first, the plant will channel thermal energy from solar panels and methane gas from decomposed garbage through a shared turbine inter-connector. A generator will then convert the two sources of energy into electricity to be fed into the South Australian grid.

It’s anticipated that the plant, managed by the Northern Adelaide Waste Management Authority (NAWMA), will begin operating next week, and start exporting electricity next month.

NAWMA manages waste in three council districts in northern Adelaide, the capital of South Australia.

Chief Executive Adam Faulkner said the system of combining solar and

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