Landfill turned into solar power array in New York

OnForce Solar, a provider of solar energy systems, completed construction on a large-scale, 2.364 MW solar array built on 13 acres of a decommissioned, capped landfill in West Nyack for the Town of Clarkstown.

The solar project is a public/private partnership and under the terms of the agreement, there was absolutely no expense to Clarkstown. OnForce Solar owns the project in its entirety and has invested $6 million to install, operate and maintain the solar power installation pursuant to a 20-year power purchase agreement. Additionally, the town was reimbursed $100,000 by OnForce Solar to cover any out-of-pocket expenses.

The solar system integrates Orange and Rockland Utilities’ supervisory control and data acquisition monitoring system that allows the utility to remotely monitor and control the solar system. The SCADA monitoring system, part of the Smart Grid Pilot Program, adds an enhanced level of resiliency to Orange and Rockland Utilities’ grid, helping to protect the utility's customers from catastrophic power outages. This is OnForce Solar’s sixth deployment in conjunction with a utility under a Smart Grid Program.

The 2.364 MW solar system will generate in excess of 2,800,000 kWh of renewable energy per year and is expected to save taxpayers as much as $4 million over the lifetime of the system. Environmentally, the system will offset 2,030 metric tons of CO2 emissions annually.

The solar system installation was made possible, in part, through support that the Town of Clarkstown received from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) through Governor Cuomo's NY-Sun initiative.

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