Pennsylvanias York County Starts Solar Project on Landfill

Pennsylvanias York County Starts Solar Project on Landfill

The York County (Pennsylvania) Solid Waste Authority (YCSWA) has launched a solar energy project at its closed landfill.

The system now is online and generating electricity with a 25-year service agreement between the YCSWA and York Solar Partners LLC, which developed the project, according to a news release.

The partners project that the system will produce 300,000-kilowatt hours (AC) of electricity annually, which is approximately the annual energy usage at the landfill. The project consists of a 240,000-watt (DC) solar panel energy system comprising 806 panels constructed on two acres of the former landfill. The panels are constructed on the ground and stand about six feet high.

The YCSWA invested $100,000 in the start-up of the project and serves as host customer, with York County Solar Partners acting as the system owner. York County Solar also retains any financial benefits. The YCSWA retains the green attributes of the system, which would include benefits such as renewable energy credits and avoided emissions.


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