PVN to build PV plant atop Californian landfill

PVN, which represents the solar arm of Project Navigator, Ltd. (PNL), has signed the lease option agreement, with the view to building a two megawatt (MW) PV facility at the closed Big Bear Sanitary Landfill, located in Big Bear, California. It will now look at obtaining an interconnect application and achieving California Environmental Quality Act compliance.

If the project goes ahead, the generated electricity will reportedly be sold to the local Big Bear power utility, in order to assist it in meeting its renewable portfolio goals. It adds that, when completed, the plant is expected to be the only commercial-scale PV development in the San Bernardino Mountains. Meanwhile, PVN is expected to manage all phases of the project including its design, permitting, financing and implementation.

Ian Webster, president of PNL, commented: "This project moves us one step closer to our goals of developing renewable, solar energy solutions on brownfields and urban-located closed landfills that are otherwise deemed as unusable land."