Solar Arrays on Closed Landfills

Earlier this week, the Town Council in North Providence, RI unanimously agreed to consider dropping property tax obligations to attract development of a solar array at their former landfill. Six solar developers have already expressed interest in the project, who would construct and operate the facility while making annual payments to the town in lieu of property taxes. Click here for the complete story from the ecoRI website.

The project would likely qualify for funding assistance from the State of Rhode Island’s renewable energy fund. In December I attended a talk where this fund and solar array projects at closed landfill were discussed. One such project, a 3.7-MW solar array at the Forbes Street Landfill in East Providence, is currently in the development stages. The City envisions developing up to 10-MW of solar capacity at the site by 2014, making it the largest project of its kind in Rhode Island. Click here for another article from ecoRI discussing this project.

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