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NEW YORK, NY - DuPont installed a

548 kilowatt solar power project on a

former Superfund landfill site in Newport,

DE. It will generate 729,000 kilowatt hours

annually, reducing greenhouse gas

emissions by 350 tons a year. The Newport

project, developed by Tangent, is owned

by Greenwood Energy, a subsidiary of

Libra Group. The solar panels were

supplied by DuPont Apollo, a wholly-

owned subsidiary of DuPont. Greenwood

receives revenues from a 20 year power

purchase agreement. DuPont receives

yearly payments through a 20-year solar

land lease. The wildlife habitat at the

landfill was enhanced, establishing three

pollinator meadows and installing bird

boxes at ten locations.

Since the Newport, DE installation in

2013, DuPont has supported five more

solar projects on current or former DuPont

property. These installations were in

France, the Philippines, China and two in

the US for a total of nearly 30 additional

MWs. In August 2015, DuPont

commissioned a 1 MW installation on the

Hay Road Landfill in EdgeMoor, DE, its

second solar project on landfill. DuPont is

in the process of signing a lease for a solar

farm on one of its manufacturing locations

in North Carolina, scheduled to come

online in 2017.

DuPont has been at the forefront of

solar innovation. Beginning in the 1950’s,

DuPont provided the first purified silicon

for the Bell Labs experiment

demonstrating the first solar cell. Today,

DuPont is the leading supplier of specialty

materials to the solar energy industry.

Over the last seven years, DuPont has

introduced more than 110 new Solamet®

pastes designed to boost solar panel power

output. Tedlar® film is the only backsheet

material proven to protect solar panels for

30+ years in all weather conditions. Since

2008, DuPont has been granted nearly 200

PV patents worldwide with 1300 patents



EPA’s RE-Powering America’s Land

Initiative encourages renewable energy

development on current and former

contaminated lands, landfills, and mine

sites when aligned with community vision.

RE-Powering supports cleanup of

contaminated properties, but does not site

renewable energy. Remediating

contaminated sites and determining their

reuse result from the efforts of a diverse

set of stakeholders. Working in

collaboration with the National Renewable

Energy Laboratory (NREL), the

RE-Powering initiative has propelled

renewable energy development on

contaminated lands. RE-Powering

America’s Land Initiative tracked and

prescreened over 80,000 contaminated

landsites covering 43 million acres

representing a combined 1,124 megawatts

of capacity.

Since the initiative’s inception, 179

renewable energy installations in 38 states

have been established (as of June 2016.)

Examples abound in both solar and wind.


GroSolar designed two landfill farms,

Tannery and Marion County. The Tannery

Landfill is 2.8 megawatt DC solar farm

developed, designed and constructed for

the City of Rome, NY. This project was

constructed atop a capped landfill.

GroSolar worked in partnership with the

local utility to manage the installation of

2,400 foot distribution line upgrade.

Tannery produces nearly 40% of the city’s

electrical needs, offsets over 2,300 metric

tons of CO² each year.

GroSolar designed and constructed

the Marion County solar project

combining two environmentally sensitive

sites. 5.2 megawatts were constructed on

a capped landfill and 1.9 megawatts were

constructed on a nearby brownfield, within

the project’s six month schedule. The

project utilized a ballasted racking system

to avoid disturbing the landfill’s cap and

produces nearly 10 million kilowatt hours

of electricity, the equivalent of removing

7,000 tons of CO² from the environment



French’s Landfill, a Superfund site

located in Brick Township, NJ is home to a

6.5 MW solar installation saving $13

million over 15 years, and the Greenfield

Solar Farm, a 2.0MW solar array built on a

landfill in Greenfield, MA, saving

$250,000 in its first year of operation.


There are a total of 23 wind project

installations (634 MW) on contaminated

lands, landfills, and mine sites. In

Pennsylvania, Stony Creek Wind Farm was

built on top of a reclaimed surface coal

mine, and Highland Wind Farm was built

on top of a reclaimed strip coal mine. The

Casselman wind farm is also on top of an

old coal mining site.

The Steel Winds project in

Lackawana, NY sits on the brownfield site

of a former Bethlehem Steel plant. In

Wyoming, three wind farms were built on a

reclaimed coal mine site: Glenrock,

Glenrock III, and Rolling Hills. In Rhode

Island, the Coventry wind farm is located

on a Superfund site of a former pig farm.


The term “brownfield site” means real

property, the expansion, redevelopment or

reuse which may be complicated by the

presence or potential presence of a

hazardous substance, pollutant, or

contaminant. Cleaning up and reinvesting

in these properties protects the

environment, reduces blight, and takes

development pressures off greenspaces

and working lands. It is estimated that

there are more than 450,000 US


Brownfield grants continue to serve as

the foundation of EPA’s Brownfields