Opel Solar and Truenorth to install solar on brownfield sites across North America


Under the partnership, Opel Solar has said it will be providing its high concentration photovoltaics solar panels and tracker systems to the projects, while Truenorth will reportedly handle the land remediation and installation.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has additionally estimated that site cleanup revenue for the companies doing the clean-up, can amount to approximately USD$6-8 billion annually, as experts forecast there may be as many as 4,000 brownfields in the U.S. Add in Superfund sites and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act sites, say the companies, and the total jumps to more than 14 million acres that could be redeveloped as renewable energy sites.

Furthermore, they say that by installing solar installations on urban brownfield sites, cities and municipalities will be able to transform “blighted, unusable areas of land” into productive green energy fields that will address the growing need for energy in urban areas as well as help utilities address clean energy mandates.

Brownfield sites are generally defined as abandoned or underused industrial and commercial facilities available for re-use. Expansion or redevelopment of such sites are usually complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination, conclude the companies.