Saratoga Springs installs solar panels at former landfill

Saratoga Springs installs solar panels at former landfill

The installation at the New York landfill will produce 3,000 megawatt-hours of energy per year.

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September 27, 2017
Waste Today Staff
Conversion Technologies Landfills
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Albany, New York, and Onyx Renewable Partners, a New York City-based solar developer, have announced the completion of the 2.6-megawatt solar installation at Saratoga Springs’ former landfill. The project’s goal is to help New York meet Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Clean Energy Standard requiring 50 percent of the state’s electricity come from renewable energy sources by 2030.

“Congratulations to the city of Saratoga Springs for having the vision to turn an under-utilized site like its landfill into an environmental and economic success story,” Alicia Barton, president and CEO, NYSERDA, says. “Under Gov. Cuomo’s leadership, local communities are leading the way in embracing opportunities like this to improve their environment and fight global climate change at the same time.”

The solar array is comprised of 7,992 solar panels across 14.6 acres at the site which also serves as the city’s transfer station. The project is expected to generate roughly 3,000 megawatt-hours per year, equivalent to the energy used by 370 homes. The energy provided is expected to offset approximately 1,605 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The project was constructed by Onyx.

“Onyx is both excited and thrilled that the solar energy project will not only provide savings for energy usage for the city of Saratoga Springs, but it is also aligned with the city’s commitment to a greener and more efficient future,” Matt Rosenblum, Onyx CEO, says.

The project was supported through NY-Sun, Governor Cuomo’s $1 billion initiative to advance the scale up of solar and move the state closer to having a sustainable solar industry. Since 2011, solar in New York state has increased nearly 800 percent and leveraged nearly $1.5 billion in private investments, officials say.

“The city and its residents are excited not only to see land previously used as a landfill turned into an amazing solar facility, but also for the economic and environmental benefits the Spa Solar Park will generate for Saratoga Springs,” Michele Madigan, finance commissioner and project leader for the city of Saratoga Springs, says.

“It’s extremely gratifying to see the plan that we originally crafted come to fruition," Harry Moran, Sustainable Saratoga board chair, says. "The Spa Solar Park is a great example of how engaged citizens can partner with local government to affect real change in the community. Creatively repurposing a former landfill for renewable energy infrastructure reduces our carbon footprint and dependence on fossil fuels while saving taxpayers money. It's a huge win for Saratoga Springs.”