The 40,000 solar panel system is projected to generate enough clean energy to power 1,360 homes annually and reduce emissions by 14,000 tons.
Conti Solar was selected by Southern Sky Renewable Energy for five solar projects in Rhode Island, including brownfield, landfill and greenfield projects.
As manufacturers omit using silver in solar panels, aging panels are more likely to end up in a landfill.
The solar panels are projected to produce 101,020 kWh of clean energy each year for the food waste-to-electricity plant.
The 35,520-panel system will produce 4 megawatts on 17 acres of the now closed Brooklyn landfill in Cuyahoga County.
The new plant has a contract with PV Cycle France to recycle 1,300 tonnes of solar panels this year.