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Brownfields to Brightfields in Greenfield, Mass.

In August 2010, the Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) issued the first-ever Landfill Post Closure Use Permit for a solar facility in the Bay State, paving the way for construction and installation of a 2-MW photovoltaic array on a closed landfill in the town of Greenfield. Abandoned industrial sites that have been turned into solar facilities, so-called "brightfields" provide economic benefits and energy cost savings to local communities. There are, however, unique challenges to the development of these projects. Photovoltaic development on closed landfills in the United States offers an emerging opportunity to utilize renewable energy technologies and redevelop Brownfields sites. However, there are very few installations that have been developed on municipal landfills across the country. In August 2010, the Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) issued the first-ever Landfill Post Closure Use Permit for a solar facility in the Bay State, paving the way for construction and…Log In to Read Full Article

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