Closed landfill site in US becomes largest solar plant

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REC Group, the leading European brand for solar photovoltaic (PV) panels will power the Annapolis Solar Park in Annapolis, Maryland, US, the largest closed landfill solar plant in the nation.

Designed and constructed by EDF Renewables Distributed Solutions, the 18.1 MW large system is expected to generate 24,000 MWh annually, enough to power 2,200 average US households and offset 13,200 tons of CO2.

According to the EPA, the Annapolis Renewable Energy Park is the largest closed landfill solar project in North America. It covers 80 acres of previously unusable landfill with REC’s award-winning TwinPeak panels with half-cut PERC cells.

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President of REC Americas LLC Cary Hayes says the Annapolis solar installation is a remarkable example of how communities can convert a formerly unusable landfill property into a powerhouse supplier of clean energy that creates also hundreds of new jobs.

Annapolis Solar Park
Annapolis Solar Park

“Likewise, old coal mine areas offer an opportunity to switch to clean solar energy” Hayes says. “Considering the fact that the retirement of outdated coal power plants in the US continues rapidly due to decreasing economics, connected coal mines have the chance for a ‘second life’ by being converted to solar parks.”

The installation with REC TwinPeak 2S 72-cell solar panels at 345Wp was energised in June 2018. A subsidiary of Building Energy, a multinational IPP in the renewable energy industry is the owner of the project.

According to the Sierra Club, since 2010, 274 coal-fired power plants have been retired in the US, or are proposed to be retired by a specific date.

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