Clarktown solar farm means savings for residents

The Town of Clarkstown's solar farm on a closed landfill is providing savings for taxpayers. After the landfill was closed and capped in 1997, the

After the landfill was closed and capped in 1997, the Town of Clarkstown was left with 13 acres of land with little use until the town leased out the land for a solar farm.

After the landfill was closed and capped in 1997, the Town of Clarkstown was left with 13 acres of land with little use until the town leased out the land for a solar farm. (5/26/15)

CLARKSTOWN - The Town of Clarkstown's solar farm on a closed landfill is providing savings for taxpayers.

After the landfill was closed and capped in 1997, the Town of Clarkstown was left with 13 acres of land with little use until the town leased out the land for a solar farm.

The town accepted a proposal from On Force Solar, based in the Bronx, to build the first solar farm on a closed landfill.

On Force worked with All Bright Electric, an electrical contracting firm from West Nyack so that Clarkstown gets credit on its electric bill for power the solar farm produces for the electric grid.

The project was helped with a $100,000 grant from New York state.

The solar panels generate nearly 2.5 megawatts of power for the town. Over the next 20 years, it is believed that Clarkstown taxpayers will save about $4 million.

While this is a first for a landfill in New York state, other solar farms are reported to be in the planning stages around the state.

 

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