Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Solar Farms Built on Landfills

"...a local landfill has been converted from a stagnant stretch of grass into a 2 megawatt solar farm—one of the largest in its territory. Residents and visitors who frequent the Dennings Point Trail along the Hudson River will notice the new solar panels stretching across the nearby field.

"Converting a landfill into a solar farm would have sounded like science fiction 20 years ago, but it’s becoming an ever more common practice in the age of renewables that we’re living in today.

"...Solar farms have been built on landfills all over the country in places like Fort Carson, CO (2008), Atlanta, GA (2011), Cape Cod, MA (2014), and Brooklyn, OH (2018). The EPA’s RE-Powering America’s Land Initiative specifically encourages the reuse of formerly contaminated properties for renewable energy projects. As of October 2017, they’ve tracked 253 renewable energy installations on 238 contaminated lands. The cumulative capacity of all these installations is a whopping 1,398 megawatts."

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