RE-Powering America’s Land
Siting Renewable Energy on
Potentially Contaminated Lands, Landfills, and Mine Sites
EPA is encouraging renewable energy development on current and formerly contaminated lands, landfills, and mine sites when it is aligned with the community’s vision for the site. This initiative identifies the renewable energy potential of these sites and provides other useful resources for communities, developers, industry, state and local governments or anyone interested in reusing these sites for renewable energy development.
- RE-Powering Finance Fact Sheet (PDF)
(2 pp, 453K, About PDF)
Best Practices for Siting Solar Photovoltaics on Municipal Solid Waste Landfills (PDF)
(79 pp, 4MB, About PDF)
- Handbook on Siting Renewable Energy Projects While Addressing Environmental Issues (PDF)
(41 pp, 2MB, About PDF)
- Revised BFPP Enforcement Guidance for Tenants
Why Site Renewable Energy Projects on Contaminated Lands?
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Group of America
Potentially contaminated lands, landfills, and mining sites offer developers a unique value proposition for renewable energy deployment.
- Leverage existing infrastructure
- Reduce project cycle times through streamlined permitting and zoning
- Improve project economics with reduced land costs and tax incentives
- Build a sustainable land development strategy by using contaminated lands
- Gain community support
- Protect open space