HEAT ALERT

Extreme heat blankets the region with heat advisory, air quality alert issued for the Hudson Valley

Union Vale's old landfill converted into solar farm

A landfill in Union Vale has now been converted into a solar field.

News 12 Staff

Oct 22, 2021, 9:28 PM

Updated 970 days ago

Share:

One Dutchess County town is seeing green with a new clean energy source.
A landfill in Union Vale has now been converted into a solar field.
"It's a win-win tax wise. It's a win-win use of land, repurposing, renewable energy. We just couldn't find anything wrong with it," says Union Vale Town Supervisor Betsy Maas.
The nearly 12-acre solar farm found its home on top of the town's old landfill – which has been capped and unused for years along Route 55.
"And we were thrilled to hear from the engineer the day of the ribbon-cutting when they were looking at everything and he was checking his gages. He said we were producing energy for 1,000 houses that day -- of the ribbon-cutting. It makes you feel good," Maas says.
She adds that the solar farm's benefits include tax revenue for the town, as well as 10% annual savings on electricity for the town and those residents who subscribe.
Residents agree that it is beneficial to them as well as the environment.
"I think it's beautiful that at a local level a town board can push something that helps address climate change that you can't get at the national level because there are too many competing interests," says resident Dennis Dunning.
Maas says the solar company is under a 20-year lease with the town, so future officials can convert the land to something else if need be.


More from News 12
2:18
HEAT ALERT: Heat advisory and air quality alert in effect as temperature to feel around 100

HEAT ALERT: Heat advisory and air quality alert in effect as temperature to feel around 100

9:43:53
12 tips to help keep your pets cool during the dog days of summer

12 tips to help keep your pets cool during the dog days of summer

1:29
Police: 1 of 2 students involved in Bedford car crash dies from injuries

Police: 1 of 2 students involved in Bedford car crash dies from injuries

1:49
Yonkers police find no validity in alleged bomb threat

Yonkers police find no validity in alleged bomb threat

1:33
59-year-old Marlboro woman stabbed outside of watermelon truck in Newburgh

59-year-old Marlboro woman stabbed outside of watermelon truck in Newburgh

1:52
Asbestos discovery in East Ramapo schools prompts parents, NYCLU to rally

Asbestos discovery in East Ramapo schools prompts parents, NYCLU to rally

0:45
Veteran Westchester firefighter dies after two-year battle with 9/11-related cancer

Veteran Westchester firefighter dies after two-year battle with 9/11-related cancer

1:38
Poughkeepsie sustainable farmers race against heat to protect themselves, crops

Poughkeepsie sustainable farmers race against heat to protect themselves, crops

1:35
Carmel schools dismissing early for the week because of extreme heat

Carmel schools dismissing early for the week because of extreme heat

1:28
Emergency room doctor discusses how to prevent health issues related to high temps

Emergency room doctor discusses how to prevent health issues related to high temps

2:07
Hudson Valley braces for heat advisory, cooling centers open

Hudson Valley braces for heat advisory, cooling centers open

0:42
Danskammer Energy drops plan for new methane gas plant in Newburgh

Danskammer Energy drops plan for new methane gas plant in Newburgh

0:20
Parents, advocates rally to save East Ramapo schools after asbestos discovery

Parents, advocates rally to save East Ramapo schools after asbestos discovery

1:41
Police: Justin Timberlake charged with DWI in Sag Harbor

Police: Justin Timberlake charged with DWI in Sag Harbor

0:18
Fire engulfs car on Old Nyack Turnpike in Ramapo

Fire engulfs car on Old Nyack Turnpike in Ramapo

0:42
Headlines: Cold case guilty plea, Poughkeepsie crash injures 3

Headlines: Cold case guilty plea, Poughkeepsie crash injures 3

0:46
Dutchess County autism center receives $3 million in state funding

Dutchess County autism center receives $3 million in state funding

0:25
Mario Cuomo Bridge to shine blue and white for students who named falcon chicks

Mario Cuomo Bridge to shine blue and white for students who named falcon chicks

2:39
Made in the Hudson Valley: Loola Doola Boutique brings one-of-a-kind, handmade clutches to Westchester County

Made in the Hudson Valley: Loola Doola Boutique brings one-of-a-kind, handmade clutches to Westchester County

14:52:13
13 cool tips to help you stay healthy during the summer heat

13 cool tips to help you stay healthy during the summer heat