Solar Project Proposed for Superfund Site in Londonderry
A solar power developer wants to install an array on a sealed-off Superfund site in Londonderry. It’s one of the largest solar projects currently in the works in the state.
The so-called Superfund Solar project would sit atop the Auburn Road Landfill site, a federal toxic waste area that was capped in the 1990s.
Londonderry Town Manager Kevin Smith says the solar panels will generate $6 million in tax and lease revenue for the community using land that's been going to waste.
“I don’t think it’s a new idea, but it’s just a good re-purposing of the site,” Smith says.
Developer Granite Apollo will spend the next several months finding a buyer for its planned 10 megawatts of solar, which it says is enough to power about 2500 homes.
Smith says Londonderry might buy a little of the energy to save on power at municipal buildings.