Identifying Closed Landfills for Solar Energy Projects
Thousands of closed landfills nationwide may be great sites for solar energy projects. There are at least 15 solar projects installed on capped landfills in the US, with many more planned for the future, marking a growing trend for renewable energy land use.
EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory partnered to release “Best Practices to Siting Solar PV on MSW Landfills” to provide landfill owners/operators and solar energy developers with insight into the emerging best practices in this growing field. To learn more, EPA offers more information through the RE-Powering America’s Land initiative website.
To see if the landfill in your area has been pre-screened for renewable energy potential, please take a look at the “Landfill” layers for each renewable technology in the RE-Powering Renewable Energy Interactive Mapping Tool.
Are there solar on landfill projects installed or underway in your area? What additional ways can the EPA support communities interested in installing solar at MSW landfills?
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