Construction of the solar canopy has commenced at the Lexington Compost Facility. This redevelopment approach is one of the only solar canopies sited on a closed landfill in the nation. To overcome the challenges associated with deploying a solar canopy on a geotechnically dynamic landfill surface, Brightfields and our development partners leveraged unique design and construction methodologies to maximize system capacity while maintaining traffic flow and site operational requirements at the regional compost and hazardous waste collection facility.
Mike Singer, President of Brightfields, states that “this innovative project is the result of ongoing communication and collaboration between Brightfields, our development partners, the Town of Lexington, the DPW, and Regional Hazardous Waste Agency and a variety of additional project stakeholders to craft a custom solar solution for an actively operating project location. A lot of work has gone into this project and we are proud to see the steel being erected for the solar canopy.”
The Lexington Compost Facility solar array is comprised of two independent solar canopies with an aggregate generating capacity of approximately 1 MW as well a 1.25 MW ground mount array. The solar canopy structures will be built with 16-foot clear spans and a water management system, to facilitate residential traffic and heavy municipal equipment operations. The fixed-tilt ground mount array uses a ballasted, non-penetrating racking solution to protect the integrity of the landfill surface.
Brightfields anticipates that the Lexington Compost Facility solar array will commence commercial operation during the Spring of 2017.