Landfills & Brownfields

Solar for Landfills & Brownfields

When land becomes too contaminated for continued agricultural or industrial development, most landowners treat these plots as dormant, unproductive assets. But if they’re still paying property taxes, those brownfields and landfills aren’t assets – they’re financial liabilities that actually lose the owner money.

However, you can extract hidden value from these plots by turning contaminated areas into productive, revenue-generating solar farms. In a state like California that has more than 2 million acres of landfills and brownfields, the monetary potential of this approach is enormous.

According to a 2013 report by the California Energy Commission (CEC) and Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program, landfills are ideally suited for solar power production since they’re often:

  • Close to electricity demand, and transmission and distribution line infrastructure
  • No longer economically viable for traditional development
  • Under land-use restrictions via institutional controls
Solar Brownfield Benefits for the Landowner

Most landowners who transform their unusable tracks into solar farms will simply use the generated electricity to reduce their own monthly utility bills.

The more solar capacity installed, the greater the savings.

But it’s also possible to monetize that sunshine by:

  • Selling the energy to local utility providers
  • Renting out the land for community, municipal, or large-scale solar PV development
  • Generating state renewable energy credits (SRECs) that can be sold on the open market

The environmental benefits of solar brownfield development are equally impressive.

Many landfills are hotbeds of methane, CO2, and other greenhouse gases. But by transforming wasteland into solar farms, you can help your clients generate significant greenhouse gas reductions for the entire community.

Solar Landfill Development with Nuance Energy

The financial and environmental benefits of solar landfill development are well documented. However, the startup costs can be prohibitively expensive for many landowners. This is especially true given the sheer labor costs required to install significant PV capacity. Moreover, it can take months to bring a PV system online after factoring in excavations, ballasts, cement pouring, and permits.

But with Nuance Energy’s revolutionary ground-mounted PV racking technology, it’s possible to transform a dormant landfill into a fully operational solar farm in a matter of days – not weeks.

Our patent-pending Osprey PowerPlatform® is a self-ballasted, racking system that eliminates many of the cost overruns and delays normally associated with traditional ground-mounted solutions:

  • A 4-person crew can easily assemble each prefabricated unit in about an hour – without using any heavy machinery.
  • In just labor costs alone, clients can save $100,000 for every 2MW of installed solar capacity.
  • The Osprey is panel agnostic, meaning it can accept any major module type.
  • The platform is infinitely scalable – whether you install one panel or thousands.
  • Each unit is wind-tested for up to 110 mph. And we back the Osprey PowerPlatform with 25 years of warranty protection.

The Osprey is easy to disassemble and relocate, making it one of the most portable solar racking solutions ever designed.

To learn more about how the Osprey PowerPlatform can help you turn dormant landfills into productive solar assets for your clients, schedule a free consultation with a Nuance Energy representative today.

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has prescreened more than 80,000 brownfields and contaminated lands for renewable energy development.

EPA, Re-Powering Mapper