Solar power will provide 100% of the energy required for an electrical resistance heating system used to clean up the Frontier Fertilizer Superfund site in Davis, Calif.
The project, which was partially funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), is now online and will reduce the projected timeline to clean up the site from 150 years to 30 years, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The new solar panels cover half an acre and will offset non-renewable energy use. The EPA first installed limited solar panels at the Frontier site in 2007, which helped to partially offset the electrical power needs for the groundwater treatment system but could not fully power the site. Last year, $350,000 in ARRA funds were used to expand the solar power system, which will provide all of the power for the groundwater treatment system.
SOURCE: Environmental Protection Agency