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The property shown is the Ecusta Paper Mill in Brevard, NC. It was formerly a flax paper mill and cellophane plant servicing the tobacco industry. There were approximately 2.2 million square feet of factory and warehouse space on site and 3 landfills used to store manufacturing wastes when property was acquired in the beginning of 2008, as pictured here.

The Ecusta property today. We worked closely with the US EPA, North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources and local officials at all levels to ensure that a full and thorough cleanup took place.

Constructing a solar project atop a brownfield or existing capped landfill requires specialized project management skills, proper engineering and a positive, collaborative relationship with regulators. The key to executing a successful solar project on a brownfield or landfill is choosing a solar development team that has proven experience in energy projects, site remediation, landfill design and long-term care for environmentally challenged sites.


For the past 25 years, the Brightfields team has built a strong reputation of success by completing large remediation projects. We are accustomed to working with state and federal agencies, city managers, town councils and community groups through every step of the process. Our team has attained regulatory closure for brownfields, landfills and Superfund sites in several states, and maintains ongoing management responsibility for seven properties.

Our comprehensive skillset includes expert experience with hands-on contaminated property. We work with corporate and municipal partners across a range of climates and geological conditions and provide state and community leaders with confidence throughout the entire process: from site evaluation, to design stages, through the permitting and construction, and to project completion. At Brightfields, we understand each brownfield is different; we utilize our in-house experience to devise a secure long-term solar system development appropriate and specific to your site. 

Brightfields provides project development expertise in every sector touched by power development. Collectively, we have experience working with local government, state and federal regulators, and with utilities nationwide. We have executive level project development, direct private equity, energy finance, and solar investment experience. Brightfields’ professionals have successfully developed a wide array of power generating assets including gas turbines, cogeneration, wind power, solar power, and biomass projects.

The US EPA has a high regard for the competence of Brightfields. The relationship between the US EPA and Brightfields has been built upon our extensive and positive brownfields remediation history. In cooperation with the US EPA, we are engaged in the solar revitalization of contaminated brownfields, landfills and Superfund sites nationwide. These endeavors are only possible because of our track record of successfully handling the environmental and regulatory risks inherent in developing contaminated property.

Engaging Brightfields is the first step towards ensuring the public and environmental health risks associated with your brownfield are met with the serious attention they require. Our team offers a unique combination of landfill, power development, and regulatory experience. We make it our goal to deliver complete solar brownfield solutions that satisfy all stakeholders. We reduce risk your risk to a minimum.



Ballasted Array

To protect environmentally-sensitive properties, many Brightfields projects employ concrete ballast mounting. This system avoids penetration of the cap and poses no risk to human health and the environment. It is the lowest impact method for solar deployment on environmentally impaired land.

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