NYC to develop solar power in landfills

New York City will create solar power plants atop capped landfills in an effort to reduce the city’s reliance on emergency generators that burn petroleum-based fuel on hot summer days, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced. Construction for the project will begin this year, and once complete, the solar power could generate more than 50 MW.

Bloomberg hopes the phase-out of heavy oil from the boilers will reduce the presence of airborne fine particulate matter. The solar panels will be constructed on a projected 250 of the city’s 3,000 shuttered landfills.

The plan includes the use of $40 million in federal economic stimulus funds to create a nonprofit energy efficiency corporation. The ideas are part of Bloomberg’s PlaNYC, which has more than 100 programs, including tree plantings, rainwater recapture, rooftop gardens and reflective paint. Bloomberg began PlaNYC in 2007 with the goal of reducing carbon-gas emissions citywide 30 percent by 2030. The city cut emissions 13 percent between 2005 and 2009, the mayor said in September.

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