CEP Renewables kicks off construction on largest landfill solar project in North America
CEP Renewables will begin construction on the largest solar project installed on a capped landfill in North America. This 25.6 MWDC solar power project in Mount Olive, New Jersey, is transforming the former Combe Fill North Landfill Superfund site into a revenue-generating, clean energy producing asset. The Mount Olive Solar Field will provide clean power to more than 4,000 households.
“New Jersey Governor Murphy’s commitment to continue to advance New Jersey’s leadership role in the renewable energy industry demonstrates foresight for the state’s future, better economic positioning and preparedness for climate-driven challenges,” says Gary Cicero, CEO of CEP Renewables. “The Mount Olive solar project will contribute substantially to New Jersey’s renewable energy mandate of 50% clean energy by 2030.”
The Mount Olive property served as a landfill from 1966 to 1981. It was not closed properly when the owner went bankrupt in the early 1980s and left the property. In 1982, it was placed on the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Priorities List of Superfund sites.
“The landfill had a long and complicated history that challenged our community with environmental and financial hurdles. By guiding the site through the redevelopment process and partnering with designated re-developer CEP Renewables, this site has become a model for brownfield and landfill redevelopment projects in New Jersey. The municipality will recoup nearly $2.3 million in past taxes while converting the old landfill into a revenue-generating, clean power plant. We are very proud of that hard-fought achievement,” said Robert Greenbaum, mayor of Mount Olive Township, New Jersey.
If not properly covered and sealed, landfills can become an environmental hazard and pollute the surrounding land. If they are abandoned by their operators, municipalities, state or federal governments must shoulder the burden of the cost to fix the pollution and restore the area. This can be a significant burden on the local community and the state.
“EPA Superfund sites are incredibly complex sites,” said Alyssa Sarubbi, project manager for CEP Renewables. “They take an exceptional amount of time, investment and cutting-edge expertise to get from the ground up to the interconnection. The company has the ability, experience and tenacity to make these kinds of projects happen.”
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