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Translating Policy Into Brownfield Solar Development

Published in Natural Gas and Electricity, Vol. 31 Num. 12

By Pete Pedersen and Julia Chase

Developing solar power generating resources on dormant, suspect property is an evolving activity, growing in popularity. The dormant properties are frequently either closed landfills, whose cells are filled with familiar householdgenerated waste, or formerly industrialized “brownfields,” where contamination has been capped and contained but demand for which is nonexistent for conventional real estate uses.

Solar Farm in East St. Louis Would Require State Legislation

St. Louis Public Radio

A solar power project slated for East St. Louis is waiting on the Illinois General Assembly to pass specific legislation so it can get funding to move forward. The proposed 24-megawatt solar panel farm would be built on 120 acres, once owned by Alcoa that is contaminated with bauxite residue. Brightfields Development LLC has said it’s the perfect place for a solar project.

Lexington Solar Project Moves Forward

Wicked Local 

Lexington selectmen were met with a round of applause Feb. 24 after voting to allow the Solar Task Force to move forward with the next phase of the solar farm project on Hartwell Avenue. The proposed photovoltaic project will take 4.5 acres on the Hartwell Avenue Transfer Station and produce 2.25 megawatts of power through a combination of ground-mount arrays and two raised canopies with photovoltaic panels.

Williamstown Selects Brightfields for Solar Project

Boston Globe

The annual town meeting in Williamstown, MA held in May 2014 approved the concept of installing solar panels on the Town's 18-acre former municipal landfill. On Monday August 12th, following a competitive bid process, Town Manager Peter Fohlin presented an update to the Board of Selectmen. After a thorough review aided by Williamstown consultant Beth Greenblatt of Beacon Integrated Solutions, the Town chose the Brightfields Development LLC and SolarCity team as the most qualified and will enter final negotiations with the firms.

Brightfields Visits Waukegan, Illinois

Brightfields Press Release

In June, Pete Pedersen, Managing Principal of Brightfields, traveled to Waukegan, IL to participate in a round-table discussion regarding brownfield solar project development opportunities in Illinois and the enabling legislation. Brightfields joined various stakeholders including Congressman Brad Schneider of Illinois’ Tenth Congressional District, the Illinois chapter of the Sierra Club, the Environmental Law and Policy Center, EPA Region 5, and Waukegan City officials to examine the potential benefits of bringing clean solar energy to Waukegan.

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