Hanwha Q Cells has completed the 10.9 MW Maywood Solar Farm located on a redeveloped Superfund site in Indianapolis.
Maywood was completed under the 2012 Indianapolis Power & Light (IPL) Rate-REP program. Hanwha says the project was financed without additional federal, state, local or corporate incentives.
Charles Kim, CEO of Hanwha Q Cells, says the completion of the Maywood Superfund project is significant for overcoming the legal, financial, regulatory and construction hurdles to developing a higher use for brownfield, idle land.
Hanwha says it implemented its soil disturbance minimization plan, which it says resulted in a volume reduction of site soil movement of more than 93% over conventional construction approaches, while also minimizing the potential for exposing known underground hazards, impairing the existing site environmental remedy, or creating human exposure to site hazards.
‘This innovative solar project demonstrates that Superfund sites can be redeveloped – to generate economic benefits for the local community and clean renewable energy for homes and businesses,’ says Susan Hedman, regional administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.