PV systems provider OnForce Solar has started construction on a large-scale, 2.316MW PV array that will be built on 5.2 hectares of decommissioned landfill in West Nyack, New York, that will benefit the town of Clarkstown.
The plant will be the first ever PV installation built on a landfill site in the state of New York.
Alex Gromack, Clarkstown supervisor, said: “We are very proud to be the first municipality in New York to install a solar field on a capped landfill. Councilman Hoehmann and I have been working on this project for the last five years and are excited to see it finally come to fruition. This cutting edge solar field is expected to save taxpayers as much as $4 million over the next 30 years.”
OnForce Solar will own the project, which will provide energy to Clarkstown through a 20-year power purchase agreement. OnForce Solar also paid the town US$100,000 in order to cover for any out-of-pocket fees.
The project will be built with Orange and Rockland’s Utilities SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) monitoring system that will allow the local utility to control and oversee the installation remotely.
Once completed, the installation is expected to produce 2,946,501kWh of energy annually while saving taxpayers around US$4 million over the lifespan of the project. The project, which will offset 2,030 metric tonnes of CO2 annually, is expected to be built and operating by the end of this summer.
Charles Feit, CEO of OnForce Solar, said: “We are gratified the Town selected OnForce Solar to execute this project from a very strong list of competitors through a rigorous vendor selection process. Repurposing the closed West Nyack Landfill to create clean energy is a precedent setting project for the State of New York and we expect will act as a catalyst for further development of landfills across the state.”