US cities turn old landfills into solar parks

Landfill solar projects not only help cities meet ambitious renewable energy targets, but they can also reduce local power bills and generate revenue for city coffers by leasing out idle land.

Running low on suitable land for solar power projects, officials in the US city of Annapolis homed in on a spacious site they had long written off as useless – the old municipal rubbish dump.

The 25-hectare landfill closed in 1993 and “just sat there as a liability”, said David Jarrell, public works director in Annapolis, the state capital of Maryland.

Today, capped and covered with grass, the plot accommodates more than 50,000 solar energy modules with a total capacity of 18 megawatts (MW).

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Source: RTE

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