Gloversville of New York Gets its Awaited Solar Power Project

The project will utilize about half of the landfill for the installation of 17,820 solar panels mounted four high on concrete ballasts set on the landfill cap.

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Picture courtesy: Leader Herald

Three years after the bid awarded for a solar project at Gloversville couldn’t materialize the city’s Common Council approved a resolution awarding a contract to Ameresco for a solar energy collection and electricity generation and distribution system at the former city landfill in Gloversville.

The city put out a request for proposals for the project in June receiving only one response from Ameresco, a national energy company with offices located in Albany.

The project will utilize about half of the landfill for the installation of 17,820 solar panels mounted four high on concrete ballasts set on the landfill cap.

Ameresco will perform a geotechnical analysis with the state Department of Environmental Conservation to ensure the landfill is not disrupted and the cap is maintained.

The company will connect the array to National Grid power poles and sell the solar power to the city at a 20 year fixed rate of $.067 per kilowatt hour.

Ameresco will own the solar equipment and will lease the landfill space from the city for $15,000 per year. The company will monitor the site remotely, perform routine maintenance on equipment and provide upkeep at the landfill, including mowing.

Source: Leader-Herald

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