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February 28th, 2010

Contaminated sites to be used to develop renewable energy

Published on February 28th, 2010 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

The EPA and the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Lab are evaluating the feasibility of developing renewable energy production on Superfund, brownfields and former landfill or mining sites.

Superfund sites are the most complex, uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites identified by EPA for cleanup due to the risk they pose to human health or the environment.  Brownfields are properties at which expansion, redevelopment, or reuse may be complicated by the presence of contaminants. The EPA is investing more than $650,000 for the project that pairs EPA’s expertise on contaminated sites with the renewable energy expertise of NREL.

The project will analyze the potential development of wind, solar or small hydro development at 12 sites.   The analysis will include determining the best renewable energy technology for the site, the optimal location for placement of the renewable energy technology on the site, potential energy generating capacity, the return on the investment, and the economic feasibility of the renewable energy projects.

The 12 sites are located in California, Florida, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

For fact sheets on each location, and more information on the RE-Powering America’s Land initiative, visit www.epa.gov/renewableenergyland.

Some of the sites under consideration for renewable energy projects have completed cleanup activities, while others may be in various stages of assessment or cleanup.  Renewable energy projects on these sites will be designed to accommodate the site conditions.

 


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