Closed landfill now home to solar farm
Photo courtesy of Waste Management
Waste Management, in partnership with project owner Captona Partners, recently completed construction on a 2.5 megawatt (MW DC) solar farm at the closed MT Sullivan Landfill, according to a press release.
Closed since 1998, the landfill now contains 7,938 solar panels on more than six acres of land. The 2.5-megawatt (MW DC) capacity generates enough energy to power 400 homes in the region.
"Solar farms require a lot of area, and closed landfills make excellent sites for them," said Chris DeSantis, area vice president for Waste Management. "Waste Management has developed similar projects at other closed facilities across the country. We are pleased to add MT Sullivan, which is now one of four closed landfill sites in Massachusetts that are generating renewable, solar energy."
Two additional sites – Hudson/Stow Landfill in Hudson, MA - 5 MW; and Berkley Landfill in Berkley, MA– 3.6 MW were also developed by Captona Partners, while the fourth site – Hunt Road LF in Amesbury, MA – 4.5 MW was developed by Citizens Energy Corp.
Collectively, the four solar farms generate enough energy to power approximately 3,000 Massachusetts homes.
"We are excited to create additional, long-term value for the closed landfill by supplying clean energy to the area's residents and businesses," said Roshni Mali, director from Captona Partners and project manager for the Hudson/Stow, Berkley and Chicopee solar projects.
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