New Fueling Capability at Sanford and Sarasota
Clean Energy Fuels is helping Waste Pro USA improve its compressed natural gas fueling capabilities in Florida, disclosing plans for a new facility in Sanford to accommodate 90 CNG-powered service vehicles and another in Sarasota capable of fueling 30 CNG vehicles.
And, Waste Pro is working with Clean Energy to expand its current CNG station in Pompano to be able to handle 50 vehicles, up from 30.
The two Clean Energy installations will increase the number of CNG stations in Waste Pro’s southeastern footprint to seven, counting Florida facilities in Ft. Pierce, Palm Coast, Daytona, and Jacksonville.
‘A Continued Commitment’
The work furthers Waste Pro’s goal, set in 2012, to transition the majority of the fleet of collection trucks from diesel to CNG.
“Our future includes a continued commitment to solar powered facilities, residential and commercial recycling, landfill diversion, and clean air,” Waste Pro USA president and CEO John Jennings says in a joint announcement.
“This move will dramatically reduce emissions in our operating footprint and potentially provide fueling stations for the cities and counties we serve,” he said.
Private and Public
Waste Pro invests in both private slow-fill CNG installation “or public fill stations if positioned around our area of operation,” says fleet manager Bob Nicholas.
“Due to horsepower requirements, we are currently purchasing the 12-liter Cummins Westport CNG engine which is only available from Autocar, Peterbilt, and Kenworth,” Nicholas told F&F in an email.
“We have and will continue to purchase a limited number of [8.9-liter engines from Mack] on an as-needed basis only.
Avoid the Roof
“The CNG configurations are done at the body manufacturers,” Nicholas adds. “We favor the largest capacity of 90 diesel gallon equivalents and prefer that none of the tanks be mounted on the roof where they could be damaged by tree limbs in residential markets.
“We purchase from McNeilus, Heil, and Newway,” he says, “our main body suppliers.”
Waste Pro USA is one of the country’s fastest growing privately owned waste collection, recycling, processing and disposal companies, operating in nine southeastern states and serving more than two million residential and commercial customers from more than 75 operating locations. Waste Pro is headquartered in Longwood, Fla. and holds more than 230 exclusive municipal contracts and franchises.
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Source: Clean Energy Fuels with Fleets & Fuels follow-up