The landfill was capped 25 years ago and has been out of use since, but now the site will be home 24,000 solar panels capable of producing 5.6 MW of solar power. The project could be completed as soon as 2012 and is being built by Southern Sky Renewable Energy. The array is expected to bring the town $70 million in revenue and energy savings over 25 years.
Landfills are great locations for solar installations because they're flat, free of trees and are removed from buildings and structures, so there are no shadows to worry about.
The Canton array will likely be one of many landfill arrays coming to Massachusetts as many towns are looking for new sources of revenue and the state has set a goal of installing 250 MW of solar power by 2017. The state currently has 76 MW installed.
Image via Southern Sky Renewable Energy
written by gmoke, February 23, 2011
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