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Solar Project in Portland, Maine, Forces Officials to Address Longstanding Issues at Closed Landfill

The issues at the closed landfill site are delaying plans to create a 4-acre solar array.

Officials in Portland, Maine, are being forced to address longstanding issues at the city’s closed landfill off Ocean Avenue because the issues are delaying plans to create a 4-acre solar array.

The city is looking to install more than 2,8000 solar panels on the closed landfill site by the end of this year, but before that can happen, the city must fix the landfill over that has settled over the years and become compromised by recreational use, lack of maintenance and erosion. In addition, the city must install vents for the methane gas that’s collecting under the landfill cover.

Press Herald has more:

Plans to create a 4-acre solar array in Portland are forcing city officials to address longstanding issues at its closed landfill off Ocean Avenue.

The city is looking to install more than 2,800 solar panels on the closed landfill by the end of the year so it can take advantage of higher rates paid for electricity from solar projects. Changes to so-called net metering rules will begin ratcheting down rates for solar energy beginning next year.

But before it can install the solar panels, the city must fix the landfill cover, which has settled over the years and been compromised by recreational use, lack of maintenance and erosion. The city must also install vents to address methane gas that is collecting underneath the landfill cover.

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