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According to the U.S. Conference of Mayors, more than 100 cities nationwide have estimated that they each would receive additional annual tax revenues of $205 million to $500 million by returning brownfields to productive economic use.

How it Works

1.) Assessment

When developing municipal solar brownfields or landfills, our operating strategy generally follows the same steps. Our team first assesses the capping, stormwater runoff and gas venting designs and the topography, weather patterns, and physical characteristics of the site. Concurrently, we examine the legal, environmental and electrical interconnect requirements necessary for the placement of a solar farm.

2.) Community Engagement

We then meet with the community to discuss the local power needs and assess the best method of directing the energy usage from the municipal solar landfill project.

3.) Collaboration

Once an agreement has been reached on the design and usage of the power generated, we meet with the regulatory agencies from both the utility and environmental departments to determine if the municipal solar landfill project is feasible from the permitting standpoint before moving forward with the technical design package.

4.) Technical Design & Construction

The final step involves designing the PV system to maximize the suitable land available while maintaining a proper buffer between system weight and cap loading restrictions. All of our systems use ballast mounted racking to avoid any penetration of the cap.

Featured Project

Scituate, MA

Brightfields partnered with Scituate, MA to build a solar facility on the Town's closed landfill. In January 2011, the Brightfields team negotiated a first of its kind net metering credit purchase agreement in Massachusetts and landfill lease agreement. The Scituate 3.0MW system design, MassDEP reuse permit application, the National Grid interconnection approval and the Site Plan Review Application have all been completed. The project will save the town over $6 million, or $250,000 every year for 25 years, and was recently featured in a Boston Business Journal article.

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Solar Landfill Schematic

All Brightfields solar arrays are built using precast concrete ballast mounting. This system avoids any penetration of the cap and poses no risk to human health and the environment. It is the lowest impact method for solar deployment on landfills.


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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