OnForce Solar has started construction on a 2.316 MW solar array to be built on 13 acres of a decommissioned, capped landfill in West Nyack, N.Y. The company says the solar installation will be the first of its kind built on a landfill in the state.
OnForce Solar is investing $6 million to install, operate and maintain the solar installation pursuant to a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Town of Clarkstown, N.Y. Financing for the project also came from a multimillion-dollar award that Clarkstown received from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority through the NY-Sun initiative.
The solar system integrates Orange and Rockland Utilities' supervisory control and data acquisition monitoring system under a smart grid pilot program. Construction of the solar field is expected to be completed by the end of this summer. When complete it is expected to generate in excess of 2.9 GWh of electricity per year.
‘We are very proud to be the first municipality in New York to install a solar field on a capped landfill,’ says Clarkstown Supervisor Alex Gromack. ‘This cutting-edge solar field is expected to save taxpayers as much as $4 million over the next 30 years.’