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Published on March 22nd, 2012 | by Mathias

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NYC to Build Wind and Solar Farm on Old Dump Site

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March 22nd, 2012 by
 
 
Who would know that an old garbage dump at Staten Island in New York City would house 20 MW of renewable power? If they succeed with their plans, “Fresh Kills landfill” will be transformed into a combined solar and wind farm that could generate enough electricity to power 6,000 average American households!

The old landfill has serviced the city for 53 years, and taken care of a whopping two billion tons of thrash, before closing early in 2011.

Fresh Kills Landfill

Soliciting Bids

NYC says it has 75 acres that are available for lease, and it is currently soliciting bids to see who’s qualified for the job. It will be interesting to see what the bids end at — the main motivator for the companies to be involved is cost-competitive electricity from solar and wind power.

The Future Looks Green

Last week, Deputy Mayor Holloway stated the following about the project:

“New York City needs energy to keep it running, and we want that power to be reliable, clean, and affordable. Renewable energy is the most sustainable kind, and under Mayor Bloomberg’s leadership we’re maximizing the use of City assets to develop as much capacity as possible.”

Financial support from the government and states is exactly what we need to push renewable energy forward. This is what has made the solar power industry in Germany triumph, resulting in the country becoming the largest shareholder of the world’s PV solar cells. Even with the recent proposal of cutting subsides as much as 30%, German energy policies could make solar in America a lot more affordable.

We sure hope that NYC’s renewable energy plans go through as dreamed. This would mean a doubling of the city’s renewable power capacity, and could be the catalyst for similar projects in the future.

It sure will be interesting to see how the project develops. In the meantime, feel free to comment below with what you think about NYC’s plans.

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studies Energy and Environmental Engineering. In his spare time he writes about solar panels and other renewable energy technologies at Energy Informative. Connect with Mathias on Google+ or send him an email.



  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Beinart/100000553894812 Steve Beinart

    Bit of a contradiction. Solar/wind electricity costs 3-5 times as much to produce as conventional power.

    • Bob_Wallace

      What’s your data source Steve?

      I’ve seen no numbers that back your claim.

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      wind electricity is the cheapest option for new electricity in many or even most places.

      depending on where you are, solar could be at grid parity, and certainly competes with retail electricity in many cases.

      of course, this is all ignoring health externalities, which make solar & wind look even better.

  • FRXL

    How about tapping it for methane as well?

    • http://cleantechnica.com/ Zachary Shahan

      logical. :D

  • Somana47

    LET OUR DREAMS COME TRUE SOON.WEBSITE IS GOOD

    • http://cleantechnica.com/ Zachary Shahan

      Thanks :D

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