A failed attempt at constructing a Jack Nicklaus golf course has given way to a proposed community solar site at a Buffalo, NY landfill. Connecticut-based Source Renewables recently announced it had appealed to Buffalo’s Planning Board to consider rezoning the landfill for construction of solar facilities. The initial request from Source Renewables was for 13 parcels of land spread across Hopkins, Tifft, and Marilla streets that encircle the Marilla Street Landfill. As of March 22, 2021, the request for rezoning was approved.
With Source Renewable’s request for rezoning approved, the developer is one step closer to moving forward with its proposed community solar site. Based on the developer’s application, the landfill will be home to more than 30,000 solar panels built on just under 63 acres of land. This would include two arrays designed to generate up to 10 megawatts of solar energy, or enough to power approximately 1,500 average homes.
After the Planning Board’s approval, the request to rezone for a proposed community solar site will move on to the Common Council. Source Renewable will need to receive approval from the Common Council before it will be able to start development on the sites.
Source Renewable had originally optioned the landfill for construction of a proposed community solar development. However, Kevin Gaughan, a civic activist, stepped in with the idea to build a golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus. After failing to pay the mortgage on the property, Source Renewables was able to move back in with its plan.
If the Common Council approves the rezoning, Source Renewable can continue with its proposed community solar site. Upon development, the site will provide clean, low-cost energy to homeowners and small businesses throughout the Buffalo region. Subscribers to these projects will receive monthly credits that will reduce their utility bills.
There is no scheduled timeframe for the council to move forward with approval.