Located in East St. Louis, Illinois, the Project Site is the first of its kind, using site preparation for solar redevelopment as a key part of the closure remedy.
The Project Site is an 100-acre portion of a 250-acre brownfield site owned by the City of East St. Louis with an installed capacity of 23 MW DC. The site was used for disposal of waste generated during the refinement of bauxite into alumnia for several decades, ending in the late 1950's. Pursuant to the Consent Decree lodged by the U.S. Department of Justice in 2013, the site has undergone significant remediation work, overseen by Brightfields' sister company, Renova Partners. Remediation efforts have included the clearing and scrubbing of the site, grading and shaping operations, capping, importation of clean fill and construction of a bridging layer. The remedial construction commenced in February 2014 and is in its final stages. The Project Site will be an ideal location for a solar farm; it will need no additional site preparation or any other discretionary permits from the local, state, or federal government authorities. Permitting is complete and the site is construction ready.