Community Solar Development Planned for Buffalo Landfill

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A landfill in Buffalo, NY is being considered for a new community solar development from Source Renewables. The solar developer recently announced that it was planning to develop two new projects on the landfill at Marilla Street in South Buffalo. An application for the pair of solar facilities was submitted to the city’s zoning board to request rezoning of the landfill. According to Source Renewable’s application, the facilities would be two 5-megawatt arrays designed to provide power to more than 2,5000 homes annually.

A Source Renewable partner, Andrew Day, states that the community solar development at the landfill would provide economic benefits to South Buffalo. During construction and operation, the facilities would generate new jobs and inject tax revenue into the city. Of course, Day highlighted the environmental benefits of providing homeowners with a low-cost renewable energy option.

When it was still operational, Buffalo’s Marilla Street Landfill was used by the Republic Steel Company as a dumping ground. The former steel company disposed of waste that was common with the production of steel. The property was originally acquired in 2002 and immediately underwent approval from the Department of Environmental Conservation. Since the landfill has been decommissioned, Source Renewables has moved in with the hope of bringing clean energy to local residents.

Should the company’s community solar development receive approval, it will be able to move forward with the construction of the two 5-megawatt installations. Upon their completion, the arrays will generate renewable energy that will help low- to middle-income residents and small businesses reduce their electricity costs. Subscribers to the respective programs will receive monthly credits on their utility bill related to the amount of clean energy they used.

This will be Source Renewable’s first community solar development in South Buffalo. It is recently coming off of a deal with Distributed Solar Development, which purchased a 17-megawatt portfolio from Source Renewables in 2020. That trio of developments should become operations in summer 2021.


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