DuPont Turns Delaware Superfund Landfill into Five-Acre Solar Project

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DuPont deploys a 548kW solar installation on a former Superfund landfill site in Newport, Delaware. The site had been considered to be unusable land. The five-acre solar project will generate about 729,000 kilowatt hours of power per year, enough to power 60 homes in the Newport community.

 

DuPont has just celebrated the startup of a 548kW solar installation on a former Superfund landfill site in Newport, Delaware. The installation provides a great example of solar being installed on compromised land — in fact, the land at this site had previously been considered unusable. The five-acre solar project will generate about 729,000 kilowatt hours of power per year, enough to power 60 homes in the Newport community.

After successfully completing remediation at the Newport site, and with the support of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Delaware Division of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC), DuPont collaborated with Tangent Energy Solutions to put the property into productive use generating solar electricity. The solar project was developed by Tangent and is owned by Greenwood Energy. The solar panels were supplied by DuPont Apollo, a wholly owned subsidiary of DuPont 

“The DuPont Solar Power Project complements Delaware’s commitment toward using clean, renewable energy sources,” said Jack Markell, Governor of Delaware. “Generating solar energy benefits the residents of Newport, and positively impacts our state — increasing our competitiveness, reducing air pollution, improving public health, and creating jobs.”

The project represents the first time DuPont has installed solar on a former landfill, and will reduce the company’s greenhouse gas emissions by 350 tons annually.