Once World’s Largest Landfill, NYC’s Freshkills Park to Add a Solar Energy Plant

December 4, 2013 by  
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A rendering of the 47-acre solar installation at Freshkills Park on Staten Island.

On a parcel of land that was once a mountain of trash, New York City plans to build a remarkable source of clean, renewable energy. Once world’s biggest landfill, since 2008, Freshkills Park on Staten Island has been the site of a massive land reclamation project that aims to develop a green space nearly three times the size of Central Park.

Last week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that Freshkills will also soon become the city’s biggest source of solar power.

The city plans to lease around 47 acres of the park to private solar-farm developer SunEdison, which will design and install a solar power facility big enough to increase the city’s renewable energy capacity by 50 percent. The farm’s 35,000 solar panels will generate 10 megawatts of power — enough to fuel 2,000 homes.

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A rendering of the 47-acre solar installation at Freshkills Park on Staten Island.

“It is only fitting that Freshkills, once a daily dumping ground, will become a showcase urban renewal and sustainability,” Bloomberg said in an announcement at the park on Nov. 25.

In a city where basking in the sunshine can be a hard luxury to come by, New York City has found a way to effectively kill two birds with one stone: create much-needed green space while simultaneously forging ahead with the city’s long-term sustainability plan, PlaNYC.

In recent years, the plan has implemented a number of solar energy initiatives aimed at scaling up the use of solar energy at city sites and creating a market for renewable energy. According to the Wall Street Journal, the dramatic reduction of the cost of solar panels has made solar power an increasingly attractive option for cities that want to fortify their power grids.



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The Huffington Post reports that construction on Freshkills’ solar energy facility will break ground in 2015 and the plant should open in 2016. In addition to the solar facility, city officials will move forward with steps to add 1,500 acres to Freshkills Park, bringing the total site up to 2,200 acres of parkland. 

“Not long ago, few could have imagined that Freshkills would be transformed into a park, let alone into a clean-energy facility,” said Marcia Bystryn, president of the New York League of Conservation Voters, during the announcement. “This is one of the most exciting clean-energy projects in development in the entire city, and it will serve as a powerful symbol of the environmental renaissance now underway on Staten Island.”

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