SunEdison has completed a 1.8MW PV project on a designated 'Superfund' site in Massachusetts.
Superfund sites are abandoned, contaminated areas of land designated by the Environment Protection Agency (EPA).
The plant on the former landfill site at Sullivan Ledge will be owned by the City Of New Bedford. SunEdison and BlueWave Capital partnered for the development with local firms used for engineering, contracting and procurement services (EPC).
“Projects like Sullivan Ledge demonstrate the opportunities that can be achieved through solar,” said Steve Raeder, managing director of sales, SunEdison. “Working on a Superfund site can be challenging, but together with BlueWave Capital we successfully transformed a site that was once used to dispose of hazardous materials into a model solar project that will provide energy savings to the City of New Bedford for years to come,” he added.
The City has also signed a 20-year net credit purchasing agreement with SunEdison and will save around US$76,000 annually as a result.
Hanwha Q Cells completed the first PV plant on a Superfund site in April 2014.