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EPA Solar Power Installations on Closed Landfills (AIA# TCESCL) (2 credit hours/2 HSW Hours)
Estimates for the total number of closed landfills in the United States run as high as 100,000.  These landfills are attractive locations for siting solar power installations because 1) landfills are typically in areas where community concerns over aesthetic impacts are less likely, 2) the land often cannot be used for other purposes such as commercial or residential development, and 3) using landfills for solar power installations removes pressure to convert greenfield sites to power production.  This 2 hour course provides an overview of the technical and regulatory facets of constructing solar farms on closed landfills. The different types of solar technologies are discussed, and their suitability for installation on a landfill cap is indicated.  General guidance on some of the most common engineering obstacles of landfill reuse is provided.  Finally regulatory and liability issues arising from building on a brownfield or Superfund site that has been cleaned up or is undergoing cleanup are discussed.
Environmental Protection Agency
This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:  
  • Students will learn about the issues arising from ground mounted systems.
  • Students will understand solar system weight considerations arising from mounting on a landfill cap.
  • Students will learn how wind and snow loading must be accommodated.
  • Students will learn about settlement problems and how they can be alleviated.
  • Students will become knowledgeable about cover material integrity and side slope stability.
  • Students will appreciate the technical concerns that arise from renewable energy production on Superfund or brownfield sites.
  • Students will know about required permitting, zoning issues, and land use. Students will become aware of CERCLA liability concerns.

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