Solar energy systems on both publicly-owned and privately-owned landfills and brownfields are becoming an increasingly popular development trend as a way to put unused land to productive, revenue-generating use.
“This is a great example of Easthampton leading the way for the whole commonwealth. We really believe we can create a new sector of our economy around clean energy.”Timothy Murray, Lieutenant Governor (former), State of Massachusetts
Landfills are ideal for solar energy projects because they are typically close to interconnection systems. Like brownfields, they are also built on land that has already been cleared and generally can’t be used for commercial development.
More than 6,000 landfills in the U.S. were capped from 1988 to 2009, and many are still sitting idle, which demonstrates the tremendous potential for more development. The majority of landfills in the U.S. are also located in the sunniest regions of the country—nearly 40% in the West and 35% in the South—and typically in states with solar-friendly policies.
Environmental agencies on both state and national levels are actively promoting landfill and brownfield solar development by assessing potential sites, providing funding, and offering educational tools for landfill owners looking to go solar.
“We have a little business here that we project will generate us about $13 million in savings over 20 years.”David G. Cressman, Town Administrator, Dartmouth, MA
Solar adoption is a great opportunity for municipalities and landfill owners to generate additional revenue and offset the costs of landfill and brownfield maintenance. Going solar also has the added benefits of bolstering the local economy by creating jobs and helping to further the adoption of renewable energy. Whether installed on an unused brownfield, capped landfill, or unused, flat space on an active landfill site, solar can generate huge savings.
Borrego Solar is a leading developer and engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor for landfill and brownfield solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, with 18.8MW installed since 2012. With our extensive experience as a solar developer and EPC, we can help you determine if going solar is the right choice for your landfill/brownfield site
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