SunEdison has entered into an agreement with New York City to build a 10 MW solar photovoltaic project on the site of the former Freshkills landfill, now a park.
The project, which is scheduled to break ground in the second half of 2015, will consist of two PV arrays that will incorporate up to 35,000 solar panels installed across 47 acres leased to SunEdison.
‘Freshkills was once the site of the largest landfill in the world,’ says Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in a statement. ‘Soon it will be one of the city's largest parks, and the site of the largest solar power installation ever developed within the five boroughs.’
Bloomberg says the Freshkills project will increase the city's solar energy capacity by 50%.