The Bitcoin (BTC) community is back, busting those responsible for FUD and orange-pilling in faraway destinations.

At the foot of Lake Atitlán, a bucolic but impoverished region of Guatemala, a bitcoin project successfully put a miner in the hands of the local mayor. The process has increased local incomes while improving air quality.

In Panajachel, Guatemala, a community of nearly 20,000 people are turning to Bitcoin after local mayor Cesar Piedrasanta received a former S9 Bitcoin miner. It’s the first municipality in Central or South America to mine BTC.

Bill Whittaker and Patrick Melder introduce the mayor to a miner. Source: Medium67corvette

Although this is exceptional in itself, there are two important consequences. First, mining with a “5-year-old” miner helps “deal with the e-waste (or ‘e-waste’) narrative associated with bitcoin mining,” said member Bill Whittaker. Bitcoin Lake team, at Cointelegraph.

E-waste refers to the replacement of physical mining infrastructure with newer, more efficient models. A New York moratorium on mining recently addressed the recently reported problem, and a Science Direct report claims that one Bitcoin transaction produces 272 grams of e-waste due to mostly old mining equipment. However, the mayor of Guatemala is doing very well with his old S9.

Second, with the product of the Bitcoin miner, the team hopes to solve the problems affecting the sewage plant.

The wastewater treatment plant where the first two s17 miners will be connected. Source: Twitter

The sewage treatment plant (WWTP) is a big polluter “due to the cracked seals above the plant’s digester, there is not enough pressure to flare the methane emissions from the plant”. As a result, unpleasant and smelly pollutants contaminate the air.

Whittaker and the team plan to fix the sewage plant and then capture the leaking biogas to be used as a power source for power generation. It’s a win-win-win: cleaner air, renewable energy, more Bitcoin.

Whittaker explains that “poorer countries/municipalities don’t have the resources to generate electricity from fossil fuels, but they generate a lot of methane-producing waste.” This waste can not only mine Bitcoin but therefore generate a monetary return for local populations:

“The goal of this proof of concept is to capture wasted fuel and convert the biogas into electricity/bitcoin.”

Biogas as an energy source for bitcoin mining is growing in popularity: a Slovak bitcoin miner puts the waste to work, while the Guatemalan project just flexes its muscles.

Whittaker is keen to highlight the “real stars of the show” involved in the project: two high school girls named Madaket and Kate. They “came up with the idea of ​​focusing on sustainable bitcoin mining for their high school project.”

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In this Instagram video, they explain how Bitcoin is “the future currency”. It’s clear that the girls are determined to undermine the negative misconceptions associated with bitcoin and bitcoin mining. Whittaker says “they will present to the city of Panajachel two additional ASIC machines (s17+). These machines will be powered up at the waste treatment plant.

Madaket and Kate are working on the Bitcoin miner to bring down to Guatemala. Source: Twitter

Ultimately, capturing wasted energy at low cost is the name of the game when it comes to small-scale Bitcoin mining. Even Senator Ted Cruz says Bitcoin miners do well to capture wasted resources and put them to good use.

For Whittaker, projects such as mining in Panajachel show how grassroots movements in the Bitcoin community can have an impact:

“Greenpeace and Chris Larsen Spend $5 Million to ‘Change the Code’ FUD, These Two Girls Self-Fund Carbon Negative Bitcoin Mining R&D, While Strengthening and Expanding the Decentralized Network.”