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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.


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Why Site Renewable Energy Projects on Contaminated Lands?
Volkswagen Chattanooga Powers Up Solar Park in Tennessee

Photo Credit: Volkswagen
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

Potential Advantages of Reusing Potentially Contaminated Land for Renewable Energy Fact Sheet (PDF)
(4 pp, 8.5MB, About PDF)

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