The City of Regina has unveiled a new facility that will take waste gas from the landfill and use it to generate electricity.

The facility collects methane gas and uses it to fuel an engine, resulting in the production of enough electricity to power 1,000 homes. The system reuses wasted gas and turns it into renewable energy. “The City of Regina is excited to partner with SaskPower using these innovative, clean, and safe processes to turn existing waste to energy,” Mayor Michael Fougere said in a news release Monday. “This project demonstrates our commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and seeking partnerships with organizations who are also committed to environmentally responsible action.”

The city and SaskPower have entered a 20-year power purchase agreement, which will handle the sales of electricity produced by the facility to SaskPower.

“This new facility reduced harmful greenhouse gas emissions by about 30,000 tonnes per year, the equivalent of taking 8,000 vehicles off the road,” said Lisa Legault, the city’s director of solid waste.

The cost to build the facility was under the estimated budget of $5 million. Power produced by the facility will generate around $1 million in revenue for the city annually.