US-based energy company Conti Solar has started construction on the largest landfill solar project in Ohio.
The 4MW solar project is located in Cuyahoga County and is owned and operated by IGS Solar, an affiliate company of IGS Energy.
IGS Solar vice-president Patrick Smith said: “It was essential that we partnered with a firm that has a proven track record in developing solar projects on top of sensitive landfill sites.
“It’s a unique niche, but Conti Solar’s vast experience, impeccable standards, and understanding of IGS Solar’s vision for the community has made Conti Solar the ideal partner for this project.”
The solar project was developed by Enerlogics and McDonald Hopkins, and upon completion will provide more than 5,000,000KWh of clean solar electricity to county-owned facilities each year.
Spread over 17 acres of land, the Cuyahoga solar project is slated for completion later this year.
Through a power purchase agreement (PPA), Cuyahoga County will buy 100% of the energy generated by the project through Cleveland Public Power.
In addition to significantly reducing energy costs for the county, the Cuyahoga solar project is expected to generate additional tax revenue and create nearly 100 employment opportunities in the region.
Conti Solar CEO Matthew Skidmore said: “IGS Solar is helping Cuyahoga County reduce energy costs for the next 20 years.
“They have been a reliable energy partner supporting the efficient and cost-effective addition of clean renewable energy for the county’s benefit, both environmentally and financially. We hope to continue working with IGS Solar on projects like this in Ohio and other Midwestern states.”